With the holidays upon us, I thought I would share a few suggestions for capturing special moments.
The very first thing that has to happen… You must have your camera ready. That means your batteries must be charged and your camera must be clean and at hand for when those moments occur. Afterall, your camera is no good to you if it’s not readily accessible when the opportunities arise.
Second, try to capture the moment from an odd angle. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try a higher perspective or getting down on the ground. You never know when the picture from an unexpected angle will turn out to be your favorite. Remember, with digital cameras, you can always delete the images if you don’t like them. So, get creative!
Third, when shooting portraits of a single individual, don’t be afraid to open your aperture up to f/2.8 (or wider, if your lens allows, such as f/1.8)). Just remember, make sure the eyes are in sharp focus. That is what’s important! The same thing applies for group shots—focus on the eyes and use a wide aperture, but I wouldn’t go wider than f/2.8 with a group shot.
Last, you are taking photographs of YOUR holidays. So, make sure to include yourself in some of the images. Either hand off your camera or set it up on your tripod with a timer, whatever you feel comfortable with… Just make sure you include yourself in some of the images. And above all else, don’t become so consumed with documenting the event that you forget to participate in the event. Have fun!
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Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.