A huge thanks to Brooke Martin Photography for these great photo tips and for being a part of our facebook giveaway today! Check out Brooke’s website at www.brookemartinphotography.net for more great ideas and photo inspiration!
- If you are taking photos indoors, make sure you have plenty of light coming in. Open the blinds and take pictures near a window, or open a door in the room to add some extra light so you don’t have to use your flash. A flash tends to make pictures look harsh.
- Natural light is the best light. An overcast day makes for perfect light because it diffuses light with little shadows. If it is not overcast, wait until the end of the day, just before the sun goes down or find a shaded spot.
- Don’t be afraid to zoom in! Get up close and personal to focus on your subject. Some pictures do not turn out well because of the background. Your main focus is on your subject, so don’t be afraid to zoom in close so your picture is free from the clutter in the background. Remember, you can step out of the box sometimes and put your subject off center (the rule of thirds).
- Most of the time your best photos will be those that are not posed. Although I will admit that most of the pictures I have in my house are posed, my favorite canvas of my children is one where they are looking at each other laughing. Pictures tell a story, so try to capture all the emotions of our child during the holidays. My favorite pictures are pictures of children in Santa’s lap crying, a child overjoyed by the gift for them under the tree or the sweetness of my children arranging the nativity scene over and over.
- Always have your camera close by, especially during the holidays. I know that is something everyone says, but this is just a reminder…I am the one who was out last night with my family and had the perfect opportunity to take a fun picture and missed it because I didn’t even have my pocket camera with me! You never know when you will have a great opportunity for a photograph.
- If you are taking pictures of your children, don’t be afraid to get down on their level. You may have to get on your knees, but taking pictures from their perspective will help you capture some great shots.
- Make sure you have a charged battery and a fresh memory card! How many times have you had a chance to capture a great moment and your battery was dead or your memory card was full?
- Don’t be afraid to have some fun! This picture was taken next to a window with a piece of white butcher paper as the background.