Capturing the essence and magic of family time spent together is key on every parent wish list. Whilst it’s important to go with the flow, a little bit of planning ahead can give you photographs you will want to share with all your friends straight away.
Get the Instagram look. If you love those gorgeous floral and summer tones you see in the lavender at the moment; think about putting out some gently co-ordinated clothes with the photographs in mind. Browse Insta and aim for colours that go nicely together to give that lifestyle look you see on Instagram! Those beautiful outfits and perfect rooms aren’t accidental, they have been created to look that way – your average blogger has put in hours of careful planning!
Lavender fields, NT Gardens and wild flower meadows make for beautiful backgrounds.
image by Theordinarymumblog
Changing the angle you shoot from can give a real WOW factor – try getting down at floor level, shoot from a step above the kids and get in really close for details and facial expressions.
When it comes to photographing children, nothing will make your shots look better then getting on their level, you’ll get much more interesting results. This will not only reveal the detail in their expressions, but will also capture their perspective of the world.
Use the timer so that you can include yourself in some of the shots. Leave your phone on a shelf, stack of books or sofa edge so that you don’t have to be the person left out of the fun.
Keep the shots steady for crystal clear images. You can buy tripods for mobile phones, but balancing you hand on your knee, a shelf of mantlepiece is just as effective.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Many Android and IOS phones have a feature where you can change the focus and aperture. Try playing with an aperture around 2.8-3 for lovely blurred backgrounds. Be careful – this doesn’t work well for larger groups or people in different areas on the shot. Portrait mode is also a lovely way to change the feel of the image.
Whether you use an iPhone or an Android device, you can tap the screen anywhere to change the focus of the shot. This will also change the exposure level to match the spot you’ve selected, so it’s a handy way of brightening a darker area (or dimming a light one).
Those of you with iPhones can tap and hold to lock the focus and exposure, so it stays fixed even if the phone then moves, or tap, hold, and drag up or down to manually change the exposure level yourself. You’ll see a small sun icon showing the changes.
For moving subjects (excited children!) try the Burst mode, so that you can take a set of shots and choose the best one afterwards.
Taking photographs is a beautiful way to remember these special occasions and something to look back on, talk about and smile about long after the day has passed. You will learn by using you phone camera more and more to trial out new view points – move closer, try new angles, use different light sources — just keep shooting. With that said, don’t forget to clean out your phone’s camera roll of any camera misses once in a while!