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April 30, 2012 / Nina Duncan

Capture your Perfect Summer – Part 1

There’s so much going on this summer with the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (did you see my pictures of Her Majesty in the press recently?) and I’m sure you all have some special events too. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some helpful tips to improve the images you take this summer.

You don’t need to have the latest digital camera to improve your pictures. Whether you want better holiday snaps, pictures of friends, your children or a family pet; the difference between just an okay image and a fantastic one is mainly small and easily fixed! Anyone, using any camera, can instantly improve his or her results with some simple tips:

FILL THE FRAME – GET IN CLOSE

A lot of times the biggest mistake people make, and the easiest to fix, is not getting in close enough to their subject. Especially when taking pictures of children or babies, we tend to just focus our eye on what our adorable child is doing and end up with a picture composed mainly of the surroundings and a small person lost amongst it! So zoom in or physically get closer and have your subject fill the frame! It makes for a more intimate and engaging image and also cuts out a lot of irrelevant background… which leads me onto the next tip.

LOOK AT THE BACKGROUND

We’re so concerned with taking a quick snap before our friends stop smiling or our child runs away that we don’t pay attention to what is going on behind and around our subject. I loose count of the amount of times I see images, which can be improved by moving ourselves as the photographer or the subject so they don’t have a tree growing out of the top of their head or a dustbin by their side!

KEEP IT SIMPLE

When photographing a family I am always asked ‘what should we wear for our shoot” and my answer is keep it simple. You don’t want an outfit to detract from a persons face or expression, especially a baby or very small child when their expressions are priceless. Big hair bows and intricate outfits or wild colors are a common mistake. Also keep props to a minimum. Have a child’s’ favorite small toy to keep them entertained or distracted while you take pictures is a great idea but a massive or irrelevant prop will just serve as a distraction.

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