Photographing your children
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR OWN CHILDREN-BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS
Now the summer holidays are almost over, I wanted to share a few tips on capturing your own children as they head back to school. I hope these are useful for you, please comment underneath if they are.
DOWNLOAD THE PHOTOSHOP APP
My first tip has to be downloading the photoshop app if you haven’t got it already. This app is a scaled down version of the software the professions use to edit photographs. I use this app a lot of the time with my iPhone photos since it’s got the most needed features and it’s extremely easy to use. You can adjust the image contrast, exposure, brightness, add effects, borders and more and its free.
USE NATURAL LIGHT
Look for indirect natural light—the shade of a tree or an awning, or diffused by your window. When light shines beside your child, you will notice interesting soft shadows adding dimensionality to your composition. Facing your child straight on, light from the front creates a very soft, shadow-less portrait. Behind your child, backlight enhances colors and creates a bright backdrop.
SAME POSE, SAME LOCATION
Back to school time is a great opportunity to document your child’s growth. Consider creating the same photo year after year so you can compare the photos as your child grows.
BE IN THE FUN
As mum’s, we often find ourselves behind the camera rather than in front of it and these special moments are the perfect time to be a part of the action, even if only for one photo. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick selfie, a photo of you doing their hair or outside the school gates.
You may not have much time for taking photos on the first day so it maybe a good idea to take photos of the details a few days or night before. Shoot a close-up of their perfectly laid out school uniform, their new backpack, lunchbox and those newly brought school shoes. Remember if it’s important to you or them then photograph it!
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