We all have super smart phones and devices with high enough pixels to print an 8 by 10inch photo. I’ll be honest with you though… no matter how great the quality is of your phone or camera, if you don’t know what you are doing to capture a great image, then that print won’t turn out its best. So its important for me point out at the start of each blog on this series that you need to leave the framed art pieces to the professionals.
This blog is about day to day captures for your memories and for the 6 x 4 prints for the kids slip in albums. You don’t need anything fancy for that as you know they’ll be taking them out to show their friends.
Every year I print all the interesting or milestone moments from my iPhone to put in my kids albums, it started with newborn to first ice-cream, first day of school to bike riding etc… stuff I’m to going to frame on the wall but I want them to see growing up how far they came.
They probably don’t need to be the PERFECT shot… but I still want them to be nicer than the usual. If you are reading this or following these blog posts then you do too.
So first tip: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT! Indoor snaps.
It’s obvious right? If you take a photo on your phone in the darkest corner of the room it’s going to look dark. If you take it by the window it will be lighter. I know this is simple science but I sometimes I see people I know make this obvious mistake. Sometimes they are taken by the moment of something smart their child has performed.
I know you cant always re-enact the moment perfectly, but next time ask them do either do it again or encourage them by the window light to do that amazing face or dance. The chances are they will and you will get a better image to save to print.
Where do you stand? Side on to the window. Or open a door. Back to window if you have an interesting backdrop from the window into the house.
Where do they stand? Side on to the window facing you, a slight 45 degrees facing the window. If it’s a bright day then step back just to where the shade is. If it’s an overcast day you can be as close as you like. You can have them with the window behind – only works if you have light facing the kids or would like to do a silhouette. Try different angles too like from above but with child by window.
Practice this first. There’s lots more to learn, but start with the basics of how the light looks. When the light is best at which time of day it’s best and then you can concentrate on the rest, like what else is in the image you are taking. PRACTICE WITH ANYTHING – YOUR CAT, A VASE, KIDS GET BORED QUICK SO IT HELPS TO PREPARE, then you can entice* them into the spot you need them. (*enticing tips are different for every child).
Once you do lots of images in this way at different parts of the house you will understand what the light is like in the room, which you like the best and why. Then you will know where you like taking a photo best in the house and which part of the day too.
So next time your child has that special dance to do or award to show off you can record that image in the same place and keep to the same beautiful light.
I hope you enjoyed the blog 🙂 Get trying out some ideas and don’t forget to share them in the group.