Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Baby Photo Tips - Tip #1

I'm starting a new feature on the blog, offering photo tips especially for moms who want to take better photos of their kids - inspired by the free photo teleseminar for moms I'm giving. (If you're interested, click here to sign up!)

Tip #1 - Don't be shy.
The trick is to get low - you want to be on the very same level as the child, as you would if you were sitting down to have a dinner conversation with an adult. This might mean putting the child on a couch or a bed, or it might mean you have to lie or sit or crouch on the floor. Yes, you'll feel a bit ridiculous at first, but once you see that you have achieved the exact right angle to capture your baby's most expressive faces, you'll start to feel less silly on your elbows and knees.

I also recommend getting as close as your camera's focal length allows (some cameras can't focus closer than a few feet). Getting closer creates a more dynamic, real-life image than zooming in from afar, plus you emulate the feeling of the baby's perspective when you show get in close and show some surroundings. Zooming in flattens the space which is great for a soft, soothing sense -- if you want to create energy in the frame, zoom out and get close to your subject.

Click here for tip #6, "Make a scene."

For more, please check out Sarah Sloboda's Photo Teleseminar for Moms.

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