My April goal for the 12 New Things challenge was to learn the basics of photography so I could take better pictures of my kids. Obviously, I need some help. I solicited advice, did some research, and played around with my camera. I will have more opportunities to test things out now that the weather is getting better so we can venture outside, but I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far.
Some of my friends take amazing pictures. One of them had the following advice: “If it [the camera] has a flash that pops up you can use some kleenex and a rubberband to cover the flash. That gives you a softer light than the glaring flash. If you have a camera that you can put a flash attachment on then that’s the way to go… If you get one of those make sure to get a flash that you can put in different positions. You can face the flash up so it bounces off the ceiling or a wall so that you still get a softer light.”
Awesome advice! And that would help me with indoor lighting issues, which has been my dilemma all winter/spring (if you can call what’s happening now in Portland “spring”). However, my camera is just a regular digital camera with built in flash.
For me, the best bet is to try the following:
- Go outside if possible. Overcast days are better than sunny ones for picture taking.
- Get near a window to catch some light.
- Get down to my kids’ level and take close up shots.
- If I have to use flash, zoom in instead of getting the camera too close to them.
- Take a lot of pictures and pick and choose, and possibly edit, later.
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