The Inner Image: Taking The Best Family Pictures

Do you find that family outings are not visually captured as well as you’d like them to be? If you’re an amateur photographer, or you like a selfie or two with your kids, taking a good family photo is a fine art. After all, people have dedicated their entire lives to the endeavor of the perfect photograph. And while you don’t need to be Robert Capa, are there any fundamentals you can take on board to ensure that you don’t, at the very least, have your thumb over the lens?

Get The Focus Locked

Either you need to have the steadiest of arms, or you can go for the simpler option and get a tripod. You might consider this to be a bit bulky, but when you’re looking at capturing the perfect family photo, what have all the great portraits got in common? The camera has focus, and the subjects are still. So, making sure that the focus on the camera is locked, either by using the back button focus or manual focus, it will take a lot of the guesswork out of it.

Getting Action Shots

It all depends on the subject, but it’s much easier when you’ve got kids that are more than willing to mess around for the camera. You can get an abundance of action shots, but don’t feel that you’ve got to be static in these situations. In fact, if you’re looking to get various types of family photos, not just the still portraits, you may want to go a bit left-field and get a drone. On myrctopia.com there is a list of the best selfie drones, which adds another angle to your experience. And, if you want to get those really fantastic aerial shots of you and the family running on a massive beach, a drone is the best way to do it.

Get The Light Right

One of the most difficult tasks for any photographer is to get the light right because we can’t control it. And if you can’t drag piles of lighting equipment around with you, the simplest approach is to choose the right time to take these photos. Lighting is such an expansive topic, but the golden rule when getting a family portrait is that you get light into the subject’s eyes.

Undertake Your Own Education

Who are your favorite photographers? Do you admire anyone at all? For any budding photographer, getting into the work of one specific artist, whether it’s Pulitzer prize winner Kevin Carter or Vivian Maier, finding the right people to inspire your work and to go beyond the usual family portraits means you can create some amazing photographs that remain true to the subject. Your own education can begin right now, and sites like creativelive.com show some of the most common photography terms, so this can get you started.

We can all take a photograph, but the greatest photographs take the subject and show them in an honest and human light. When taking pictures of your family, you may know them inside out, but you can always benefit from learning how to get the camera to reveal their inner self.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Why Everyone Needs A Great Camera

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Photographs can speak a thousand words. The miracle of what it is to take a photograph has been an invention which sets us apart from all generations before us. 150 years ago no one would be able to simply take out a camera and snap a quick selfie in the street, but these days it is as common as brushing our teeth.

People Love to take photographs because it is a way to store memories and it is also a form of art. Because of this you will want the best quality camera you can get, such as Blackmagic Design because it will allow you to keep the best photos for the future. A great camera can make a huge difference to your photography, and this is why so many people fork out the big bucks to get the best technology out there that they can.

Social Media

One of the biggest places we plant our photography these days is social media. And because of this manufacturers have started to make cameras which are great quality but also allow for easy uploading onto social channels. Instead of having to take out the SD card and plug it into the laptop and then move that over to your phone, you can take the photos straight off the camera. Many cameras have built in WiFi these days to make it much easier to take a snap and upload it to Instagram.

In the Dark

One of the downfalls of trying to take a photos with your phone once the sun goes down is that you lose 99% of the detail you wanted. Remember all those times you tried to take a photo of the moon or a night sky? You likely end up with a black screen and some white dots. However, by using a great DSLR camera, you will be able to change your settings, zoom into the object and take a photograph which reflects what you can see in real life. It means that the nest time you want to show your friend a weird glowing moon, you can.

It makes you look good

By pulling out a camera from your bag rather than a battered mobile phone, you are going to look a lot cooler taking photos than you would otherwise.If you want to make a statement and get people to notice you, wear a small camera around your neck and when you come to take photos you will get a better image and also look much cooler.

Detail

Although mobile phones try their best to input features which allow you to zoom, carry out long exposure and macro, they just don’t work the way a camera does. Mobile phones are great, but they are not solely made for their camera and this means the features are lacking. If you are serious about taking great photographs and using all of the features, you will want to use a proper camera to do it. Imagine how amazing it would look to take a long exposure shot of a river and have it look like silk? You certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve that detail on a phone.

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Custom Photo Wall Art from Photography.com

IMG_1224Photography.com reached out offering me a the chance to review one of their awesome custom photo wall art prints. They print on a variety of media, such as canvas, metal, wood plank, and glass. With the different styles available it was a tough decision on which one to go with. With the look of our home I decided the style I should do with should be the wood plank. So I sent over a photo from our recent train ride and within a few days I had this awesome wood plank print in my hands. This measures 11×14 and looks amazing. The quality of the build looks and feels great. We currently have ours placed on our fireplace mantle.

I was happy that the photo I sent over was acceptable in quality. I had taken it on an iPhone 6+ so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. We take thousands of photos a year and usually just keep them in a folder on a computer. Photography.com is offering up a great way to display those photos in a stunning and unique.

Photography.com is also offering a great limited time offer for St. Louis Dad readers. You can get buy 1 and get 3 free, plus free shipping. Just click the link here and see what options they have made available for this limited time.

Photography.com provided St. Louis Dad with this sample product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit Photography.com for more custom photo wall art!

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