Take Great Photos Of Your Children this Christmas – Transform Awful To Awesome! – Arty Bart Photo

Take Great Photos Of Your Children this Christmas – Transform Awful To Awesome!

Did you know that the difference between the two photographs below is only a tiny bit of knowledge? 

It's inevitable, children, human or otherwise grow up so fast. Today I no longer have a puppy called Bailey - but I do have his puppy pictures to bring all those memories flooding back. Bailey the puppy will never be lost to me, and I'm so grateful that we live in an age where amazing memories can be created at the click of a button.

A Cherished Photograph By Ernst Vikne (Decorating the Christmas tree)

A Shap-shot destined for a dusty hard drive, never to be seen again...

What if the photographs above were of your child while they are growing up? Photographs are all you have left of those treasured experiences after the event. They enable you to re-live those precious moments with a clarity which might otherwise fade. Your child will be very different by the time next Christmas comes along - you don't want to lose those precious memories. Make them special - they won't be repeated. Cherish those moments and keep a quality record.

Someone who knows what they are doing can take a better photograph with a mobile/cell 'phone than someone else with an expensive DSLR.

All it takes is that little bit of knowledge. That's right - the road to an amazing holiday or family album, is just a little knowledge - and then you have something that you'll cherish forever, and may even become a talking point on your wall. It doesn't take much. Take advantage of out 5 tips below - and have a wonderful holiday season!

It's YOU who makes your photographs come alive not, your camera...

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Here are 5 tips to help you start that transformation from snapshot's you never want to look at, to treasured memories:

  • If you are taking a picture of a child, consider taking it from their height, rather than your eye view - let the picture enter the child's world.
  • Try to choose a background which isn't too cluttered. A cluttered background will take people's eyes away from what you want them to focus on.
  • When taking portraits - If your camera allows you to alter the aperture (the size of hole through which light enters your camera) use a large aperture.  The smaller the "f number" the larger the aperture. This creates a "bokeh effect" - basically it blurs the background so that your child will stand out more. Handy hint no. 1 - if you are in a hurry, your camera may have a "portrait pre-set", which will usually prioritize a large aperture and blur the background. Handy hint no. 2 check out this article to find out more about the bokeh effect and how it inspired my own photography - and how it could allow you to take amazing portraits of your children and family.

Note how the intersection of the top and left thirds lies right on the child's eye...

  • Imagine a grid like this above superimposed on your view finder. Place objects of interest along the thirds - especially at the intersections of the thirds - see where the bird's eye is placed - almost on the intersection - the bird itself being lined up on the left third. He's looking into the photograph.
  • Never place a horizon in the center of a photograph - always use the thirds grid (above) to place it on one of the horizontal thirds lines.

So why not go out an experiment with these tips - none of which require a fancy camera! Above all remember to enjoy yourself - that's what photography is for after all.

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