Capture Life: Professional photographer Maria Archer shares her tips for capturing great moments
Capturing the moment is easier than you think says family photographer, Maria Archer. Here she shares her tips for taking a great photo.
1. USE NATURAL LIGHT
When you begin experimenting with natural light, you will appreciate how much it flatters your subjects. Your subjects will also appreciate this too! You’ll start to capture beautiful, organic-looking scenes and portraits. Look for indirect natural light—the shade of a tree or an awning, or light diffused by your window.
2. REMOVE “CHEESE or SMILE” FROM YOUR VOCABULARY
If your child isn’t smiling when you come to take the photo, don’t worry – take it anyway. Show how they look normally, not how they look when they’re told to create a fake smile, which is basically what “Cheeeese” accomplishes! If you really want the smiling shot, you’re going to have to make them smile by talking about their favourite animal, food, tv show… or just use your funnies to get them laughing.
3. GET DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL
While it is a common rule to get down to the child’s level in order to obtain great images, you can also try a couple of things against common rules. Snap some pictures standing up, snap another laying down and snap some more sitting on child’s level. Remember, creativity is your friend. Work with it. Try different angles, shoot the details of child’s clothing and favourite toys.
4. RUNNING WILD!
Maybe not literally, but instead of trying to contain children in a specific area, allow them to explore. Posed photos may have their time and place, but candid shots that capture your child at play are often the ones you’ll treasure the most.
5. CLICK CLICK CLICK and CLICK again!
Over-shoot. Digital photography is free and unlimited. Pretend your child is a fashion model on a runway or magazine shoot set. Children are fast-moving and the tiniest details – whether their eyes are open or at half-mast, whether their face is well-lit or in the shadows, the position of a hand or foot – can make or break a shot. You can delete the “nearly’s” but you’ll struggle to repeat the moment. Taking more maximises your chances.
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Photography Credit: Maria Archer Photography, ParentFolk Weekender, The White Horse, Chester.