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Daily Mom’s Guide to Photography

Did you recently upgrade your point and shoot camera to a Digital SLR? Or have you been using a DSLR for a while now, but only in auto mode? Either way, using a DSLR camera can be quite overwhelming, especially with so many buttons, functions and menu screens. If you’re here to learn a little more about how to use your camera and take better photos, then you’re in the right place. The links below will take you step-by-step into the world of digital photography. 

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8 Steps to Creating a Professional Background

Choose a holiday, any holiday; then go over to Pinterest and search for photo ideas for that holiday. Chances are that you’ll find dozens if not hundreds of ideas that will inspire you to tackle a photo shoot with your kids, with the ultimate goal of capturing your kids wearing a brilliant smile in festive clothing to share with the world on that special holiday (complete with some sort of cute graphic).

Granted, you could hire a professional and take your big dreams into a portrait studio, but who wants to do that when the chances of the stars aligning long enough for that picture perfect image in your mind to become a reality before your kids turn into tiny demons are only slightly higher than you getting a decent shower. Seems like a lot of wasted time and money if it goes wrong, right? Why not set up a photo shoot at home instead? With any luck, whether you stay inside or venture into your backyard, you’ll save yourself a few dollars and have the satisfaction of “nailing it.”

If you have a camera, a window, and a few household supplies, even you can create a professional-looking image with these “background” tips. 

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10 Tips to Help People Feel Comfortable Being Photographed

10 Tips to Help People Feel Comfortable Being Photographed

Family portraits. Whether this is an annual event for your family or something that happens once in a blue moon, they have a tendency to stress people out, especially mom. From coordinating outfits to making sure all the kids are behaving, to convincing your husband that even taking a picture together is a good idea, and then getting to your session on time; no wonder that so many people look tense in their photos. 

Whether you’re the the one being photographed or you’re the photographer, helping people to relax and feel comfortable being in front of the camera isn’t always easy. However, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that should make this portrait season a lot easier.  

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How to Fix Grainy Images

How To Fix Grainy Images

When you first bought your new DSLR camera, you were certain that your photos would be just as beautiful as the ones posted all over the internet. The colors in your images would pop and with higher ISO abilities, you’d never have to worry about grainy images again. 

Unfortunately, you’re still seeing a lot of “noise” in your photos, and you’re not exactly sure why. Today we’ll diagnose the problem and provide a few ways to fix the grain. 

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How to Get Your Toddler to Sit Still and Look at the Camera!

How to Get Your Toddler to Sit Still and Look at the Camera

Do you have an adorable toddler you’d love to photograph, but who keeps running away from you every time you pull out your camera? You’re not alone!

Toddlers are some of our favorite groups of people to photograph. These tiny humans are so cute and always seem to be doing something worthy of being captured on “film.” Unfortunately, these brilliant people have a nasty reputation of running away when they see a camera, or jumping up from their seat just as you’ve asked them to sit down, or looking anywhere BUT into the camera when you’re most ready to click the shutter.

Today’s tips may not prevent your child from running away at the sight of a camera, but with any luck, they may just stay still long enough to capture a smile. Without further ado, we present to you our top five tips for getting your toddler to sit still and look at the camera. 

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4 Reasons to Practice Still Life Photography

4 Reasons to Practice Still Life Photography

Many of us spend any free time we have chasing our little ones with a camera. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us, your muse has told you on more than one occasion to put the camera away. So, what’s a mom to do when she wants so much to practice her photography skills, but her kids don’t want to participate? We suggest developing your skills through still life photography. Today we’ll discuss four reasons it’ll help you not only take better photos of your children, but also to become a better photographer. 

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How to Anticipate the Moment

How to Anticipate the Moment

What if you were able to predict the future? More specifically, what if you were able to predict the exact moment when your children moved with delight into the most perfect afternoon light to converge into that awesome moment when you were strategically ready with your camera? Not only would you be a better photographer, but you’d be a photography samurai (or something like that).  

In all seriousness, if you really think about it, photography has so much to do with your ability to combine light, movement, expressions and movement into the perfect photographic moment. Unfortunately, anticipating that moment doesn’t always come naturally. With that in mind, today we’ll discuss how to better anticipate the moment. 

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Framing Your Shots to Maximize Impact

Framing Your Shots to maximize impact

We often say that our favorite images are “frame-worthy.” Framing is our way of displaying moments in our lives and letting the world know that a particular picture is worth the attention. However, do you ever stop to consider how “framing” your shots in camera can maximize the impact a photo has long before it ever hits a physical frame? Today, we discuss the benefits and types of framing as a compositional technique. 

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How to Use Leading Lines

Leading Lines

Great photography has less to do with the camera you’re using, and more to do with how the photographer applies photography basics to achieve a beautiful image. One of the easiest, but often overlooked compositional tools in your photography arsenal is the use of “leading lines.” We introduced this concept in 7 Basic Photography Rules. Today, we dive a bit deeper into how to use leading lines to improve your photos. 

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6 Steps to Great Self Portraits

6 Steps to Great Self Portraits

If you consider yourself a “mom with a camera,” then you’ve probably grown quite comfortable with being BEHIND the camera. However, that also means that there are very few photos of you with your kids.

This year, we want to change that. In fact, Daily Mom challenges you to get IN FRONT of the camera with your kids on a more consistent basis (weekly, monthly, etc). Today, we’ll give you the basics of getting started in self-portraiture and how to incorporate these steps with your children.

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Photo Organization 101

Photo Organization 101

2015 is officially here and it’s time to get ourselves organized. In addition to the obvious organizational tasks of cleaning out our kids’ closets or taking unused toys to your local Goodwill, we also encourage you to organize your digital photo library. 

Today we’ll walk you through the process of organizing your digital photo files. 

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Let it Snow! Make Your Own Snowflakes

Make Your Own Snowflakes

Cutting out snowflakes can be deceptively difficult. It is hard to get the right shape and design without looking like a kindergarten art project (though real kindergartener art is always cute, of course!). With this tutorial, you’ll be on your way to creating snowflakes that actually look worthy of hanging in your windows, on a Christmas tree, or displayed on your mantle. If you’re feeling extra creative, make some miniature sized ones to use as card tags for your gifts this year! Keep reading for a photo tutorial on how to make perfect snowflake cut-outs.

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8 Steps to Choosing the Right Background

  8 Steps to Choosing the Right Background

Choosing the right background can be an opportunity or a challenge for photographers. On the one hand, choosing the right background can turn a would-be “snapshot” into a beautiful portrait. It can put your subject into context and provide a beautiful backdrop by which to highlight your model. On the other hand, choosing the wrong background can distract and overwhelm your subject. Before you take another photo, here are 8 steps you should follow when choosing a background for your next photo session. 

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10 Tips for Photographing Landscapes

10 Tips for Photographing Landscapes

If you’ve been following our photography series, chances are that you have a new DSLR and young children that you want to photograph. Landscape photography may or may not be on your radar yet. But at some point, you’re bound to take a trip to the mountains or come across a beautiful ocean. You’ll look over at your camera and think, “well as long as we’re here, I might as well take a few photos.”

Before that day comes, there’s a few things that you need to know about landscape photography. For one, it’s very different from portrait photography, but that’s just the start of it. Today’s post uncovers 10 tips to photographing landscapes. 

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10 Tips for Photographing Kids’ Sports

10 Tips for Photographing Kids Sports

Over the weekend, many of us spend our time watching our favorite little athletes run up and down a field. In addition to cheering from the sidelines, a proud momtographer’s responsibility includes photographing all the memorable moments of their child playing ball. We’d love nothing more than to capture that awesome moment when our child does something BIG! 

As if photographing kids in action wasn’t hard enough, in order to get the most out of your camera while at your child’s game, all the critical elements must align: timing, position, exposure, and composition. We know how difficult sports photography can be, but with today’s 10 tips, maybe this year you’ll capture “the perfect shot!”

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