Wendy Rombough is a baby and kid photographer, has 2 of her own, and knows what to look for to get a great shot.
1. TURN OFF YOUR FLASH
If you love the way things look when you’re using your eyes, adding the flash will just wash things out. Instead of using the flash, bump up the ISO on your camera
2. LET THE KIDS BE KIDS
Get reactions from the kids, don’t pose them. If you want a big smile, have them goof off and make funny faces, then capture them laughing at themselves
3. GET TO THEIR LEVEL
They’ll be more comfortable (you may not be) when you’re on their level instead of shooting down on them
4. ZOOM YOUR BODY, NOT YOUR LENS
Your body can move a lot faster than your camera can, so follow the kids around and don’t worry so much how you frame the pictures, you can always tighten up or crop a shot afterwards
5. THE RULE OF THREE
When you’re managing your pictures afterwards, leave room in the frame for the subject to lead the shot. The rule of three divides the frame into thirds horizontally, and vertically. Try and get the main part of the image on one of the cross points.
Once you’ve got your pics, head off to Lougheed Mall to try the new HP Photosmart Studio Kiosk. About the size of an ATM, these kiosks are popping up across Canada and giving you a chance to actually do something with you pictures.
Just bring your photos on the camera’s memory card, or USB key and then work with the screen to crop, adjust and tweak your images. You can make hard bound books that would look wonderful on a coffee table. You can make calendars, greeting cards, larger images, or just standard prints to get the pictures off your hard drive and onto your wall.
Wendy says, “It’s great that you have all these images sitting on your computer, but who’s seeing them there? Print them up and hang them on your wall!”
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This article originally was published in 24hrs Vancouver on March 19, 2008.