Photo Tips

Chasing Picture Perfection – Action Shot

Posted on November 29, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips | Tags: , |

Whew – I’ve been bad about finishing my photo assignments darn it.  But, I got back up on the horse this week for the Action Shot assignment.

I snapped this pic at ChickenFried’s basketball game.  He caught the errant pass, although you can tell by his face he wasn’t sure if he was going to! 

I had my ISO cranked up to 1600 because the gym is pretty dark.  I also had the aperature wide open to gather as much light as possible.  That allowed a faster shutter speed to stop the action. 


For great photo tips or to join the fun, stop over to Chasing Picture Perfection.

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Chasing Picture Perfection – Challenge 4

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips, The Parenting Thing | Tags: , |

I admit it – I’ve failed miserably when it came to getting the last 2 photo challenges done.  No excuses – just life.   But here is my attempt at Challenge #4: The Rule of Thirds.   In short, the concept of the rule of thirds speaks to the composition of a photo.  See Stacie’s blog for a more in depth (and better!) review of this, and other great photo tips: Chasing Picture Perfection.



This picture of Punk is nicely offset.  If you imagine a tic-tac-toe board interlaced over the top of the photo, you would see her left eye is at the left verticle line, and her mouth is at the bottom horizontal line. 


Compare the photos – same tree, same light, but one subject offset and one centered.  Nothing particularly wrong with the centered photo – just not as interesting somehow.


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Photo Challenge – Creative Framing

Posted on August 2, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips, The Parenting Thing |

Stacie, our guest photo blogger, has issued a decree — creativly frame a subject and take a pic.  Read more about her photo challenge at her blog: Capturing Picture Perfection

Below is my attempt.  We have been so spoiled – our neighbor with a pool has taken a couple of vacations this year and left the pool to us.  I had a feeling I should take the camera up today – good thing I did.  I think the shot turned out pretty cute and will make a great pic for the memory books!



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Photo Assigment ……

Posted on July 10, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips | Tags: , , |


Our friend, and guest blogger Stacie, has created a great way to hone those photography skills and get some feedback.   Every two weeks she will post a new assignment.    Add your pic through her Mr. Linky or e-mail it to her.   As if  the feedback and fun weren’t enough, she’ll pick a ‘best submission’ each assignment to win the A+ badge and a $5.00 Starbucks gift card.    If you complete 6 assigments, you get a badge for your site as well.

This weeks assignment – Shallow Depth of Field.  Checkout Stacie’s tips for Depth of Field and get to snapping!

 Please visit her website for more details and to post your photos:

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New Feature — Photo Tips from Stacie Errera

Posted on July 6, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories, Photo Tips |

Welcome to a new feature, brought to you in partnership Chasing Picture Perfection by Stacie Errera.  Stacie is great at taking complex-sound photo and camera terms and putting them into understandable and usable tips for busy parents.  I encourage you to stop over to Stacie’s blog to see some great photos (I’m very jealous of her world-wide travels!) and get some wonderful tips:    We hope you like our new feature!

I am so glad CrisDee asked me to give you a photo tip. 

When it comes to our children’s stage performances, it is very difficult to get great shots unless you have total access during a rehearsal. The mistake most people make is to take photos from their seat in the auto mode.  If you do this, the flash will go off and you’ll get a dark stage and very well lit heads of the people in front of you.  So sit back and enjoy you child’s live performance with your eyes rather than through your camera’s viewfinder (I know, any of us shutterbugs find this an almost impossible suggestion!). 

Instead, concentrate on getting a nice shot of your child in costume by venturing back stage during rehearsals or prior to the performance.  I checked on my daughter the day before her recital and saw her costume for the first time.  I was thrilled when I saw the light streaming in from the windows behind the back stage curtains.  I asked her to sit down for a moment with the side of her face parallel to the windows to get nice side lighting on her face.  I then crouched down just a little so that I could see her ballerina skirt spread all around her and her big happy smile.  This point of view also let me include some of the wood floor that her pretty feet danced on the next day and one that really gives the viewer the true picture of what was happening when I took the photo.  Find a place in the environment that has some windows and position your actor or dancer so that the light brings out the detail in the costume and a highlight in your child’s eyes.  Don’t get too close to the window as the light will be too harsh.  Instead, move a few feet or more away from the window for an even light.  I always try to not use the flash and opt for natural light whenever possible.  BALLERINA

If you do have the opportunity to shoot an actual performance or dress rehearsal, set your camera to aperture priority and open the aperture on your lens to the widest opening.  In this mode on most cameras the flash will not go off (manually set the camera to no flash if you have to).  Zoom into the stage so that the camera’s meter reads the lighting on the stage, and not the blackness all around the stage, and you will get a proper exposure. 

Stop by for more photo tips any time.  Thanks CrisDee!

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