Welcome! For our photography challenges, we are going to look to this month's gallery to find three different photography subjects.
The first tip I want to give when it comes to snapshots is clearly to have your camera out and ready at all times. I don't have small kids, but even if you do just keep your camera on a higher counter or shelf. Just to have it ready when you need it.
The next tip is that it is okay to do properly compose a "snapshot," too. It still is a snapshot, even if you make some adjustments. For example, try to not shot against the sun or a window if you are inside, because you will probably just end up with a shadow as your subject. Just take a few steps in either direction so that you have a better angle.
Lastly, while zooming in close has its benefits, sometimes, the surroundings help tell a bit of the story as well! Look for it for perspective and context.
As you look to take some snapshots, consider following Celeste's lead and take a quick snap of each of your family members. Then don't forget to put the pics on a layout!!
Parties, and other celebrations are fun to photograph. For me, this mostly happens around birthdays.A new favorite thing to do is to take a photo through someone else's viewfinder like the photo above. I have done this at weddings too. It gives another perspective!
When you want to take photos of someone blowing out candles, be ready both before and after the candles are out, something like this can happen :) My daughter's cousin thought she was too slow so he leaned in and blew out her candle!
Also try to look around the room, there is always something going on while people wait to see the birthday child open presents etc. There can be lots of emotions. Look for them.
Go backstage. I mean when at a party sneak into the kitchen to see the preparations and also catch the details from the party. My example above is from my sister's 40th birthday party. We joked about her having so many candles she had to have two cakes! So I made sure I took a picture of those candles.
And when you scrapbook those celebration photos and can't decide on which photos to include, just make a mosaic. Just look at how many photos I could use in this layout!
I like to have my camera set to take sequences. It's very helpful at parties. As you can see from my layout, I wanted to catch my daughter's expression when she opened her gift and then when she saw what she got!
Our new team member Valerie O´Neall shares this fun birthday layout. I love that she cut her photos into circles!
Pets are much like kids; they move around a lot! I have had some practice photographing pets since we have so many :) I like to follow them around with my camera and take photos of them in the different places they end up playing or resting. While my pets are now used to me having that big camera in front of my face, the first night Dixon (our lab) spent the night at our house, I wanted to take a close up of him while he slept. He woke up with this big lens in his face, got scared and barked at me so loudly I think I might peed my pants :) He is totally used to it now though!
I have so much fun taking photos of them doing what they love to do. Outside it is pretty easy to capture them even when they are moving around because the light is mostly good.
Inside I almost never use my flash. I just sit my camera on something, like a table or something so that the image doesn´t get too blurry. If they still get blurry I turn them black and white :)
And having scrapbook pages in your album about your pets is so much fun!
Thanks for stopping by! Here are your challenges. We would love to see your photos and layouts!