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The battle of getting nice, sharp images of our children… it’s never-ending. Even when they aren't toddler "busy bodies," children of all ages have a hard time sitting still long enough for you to capture that perfect photo.
Here are 5 tips on how to get better, more professional looking photographs of your kids with your camera!
Work with Natural Lighting
Unless you’re a pro with a really patient child, chances are you won’t have time to set up your own lighting. Soft-boxes can be a hassle, and flash takes some tinkering. So, keep your eyes open for a convenient natural lighting source. One of the best kinds of natural lighting is golden hour, which is the hour right before sunset and after sunrise. By using the sun to backlight your subject and possibly a reflector in front of your subject to bounce light back in their face, your results could be a beautiful, dreamy portrait.
Get in Focus
Experiment with your camera’s focusing options. If you have eye auto focusing or a autofocus face-detection feature on your camera, use that. This will help refine your focus, guaranteeing sharper images of your subject. Focus is one of the few things that can't be fixed in post processing/editing softwares. So it's imperative that your images come out sharp right out of camera!
Ask for Help
It’s super helpful to have someone there to assist with posing your subject, bouncing light with a reflector or distracting your subject long enough for you to take the photo. Don't be afraid to ask for help when it comes to your photography!
When you get stressed, your subject will likely sense it and get antsy. Be willing to take breaks and be patient. Keep your eyes open too for unconventional, candid shots. Sometimes those make for the best moments captured.
Don't Always Expect a Smile
Your best photos won't always be your subject looking directly at the camera with a perfect smile on their face. Maybe it will be a shot of them running through the yard or laying on the living room floor. Be open to the possibilities of unexpected moments.
Why give up a perfectly good Nikon DSLR for the new Z mirrorless series? That's a question no doubt many dedicated Nikonians have been asking. However, once you've had your hands on the Z series, we can easily think of a few big reasons why you'd want to upgrade from a DSLR.Eye-specific autofocusIf people are [...]
When Canon announced they were jumping into the full frame mirrorless game, some shooters were a bit apprehensive. Why was Canon deciding now to release a full frame mirrorless, when players like Sony had already been in the game for years? And would it be anything new in terms of features, worthy of an upgrade [...]
It's important to know how necessary having the right tools for shooting photography and video, is. There are so many photo accessory options available that can make your life a whole lot easier and aid you in getting the perfect shot!Meet, the Tripod. I know what you're thinking. Ugh, I have to carry that around?! OR [...]
We've all probably been there at one point or another... staring at that shiny new lens or camera behind the glass. Our lip starts to quiver with excitement at the thought of owning and shooting with it. And while you're caught in a photo fantasy, the sales associate hits you with the price. Then your [...]
The biggest photo killer has to be blur. Sure, a dark image isn’t fun either, but that often can be fixed in photoshop or some other photo editing software, later on. With blur however, there’s no easy fix - even oversharpening isn’t going to entirely save it. So what are ways to prevent your camera [...]
Lionel Richie headlining the American Family Insurance Amphitheater at Summerfest 2019: Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 @ 400mm f/5.6. (PHOTO: Dan Garcia)By Dan GarciaConcert photography is as fun as it sounds, but there is nothing fun about being ill-prepared when you have 3 songs or less to try and capture a few memorable photos in a [...]
Every photographer has a slightly different perspective than the other. It's the beauty of being a photographer - we all have our own creative eye. So what happens when three photographers come together to shoot the same model?Nikon Ambassadors Bambi Cantrell, Charmi Peña and Vincent Versace assist each other and shoot the same model with the [...]
Your cats or dogs are members of your family, just like your sons and daughters. So it’s only natural to want to create beautiful pet portraits with them at the forefront—because let’s face it: Your pets aren’t going to photograph themselves! Art’s Cameras Plus shares tips to make capturing your four-legged friends even easier. Tips and [...]
Now that the weather is more inviting, birds and animals—and the people who like photographing them and nature—are more active. This lends itself to incredible opportunities, if you have a lens that allows for great images. At Art’s Cameras Plus, we not only have fun FOCUS Group events to get you outdoors, but we also [...]