Tuesday’s Tip – Point of View

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s easy to continue to do things the same way all the time. There is comfort in routine. It’s the expectation of what’s around the corner but it’s also the safety of knowing what that will be. There are no surprises… but that also means there’s no excitement.

When photographing our children, or anything really, most of us, center our image. It’s a documentation of what something or someone looks like on that particular day. If we’re photographing people, we look for the great big, cheesy smile. If we’re photographing objects, we try to replicate photographs that we’ve seen on postcards. It’s great in the sense that you will always have those moments documented… but it gets a little boring!

With today’s tip, I’m going to challenge you to do things a little differently. Change your point of view. It can be as simple as standing on a chair and getting your little one to look up at you. It could be getting a close up of the feet or hands or nose. It could be photographing the way the hair curls at the base of the neck. Lie down on the ground and photograph looking up. (Not the best angle for people, but makes for some great photographs of tree leaves or buildings!) The biggest benefit of digital, is that if you hate the image, you’ll know right away, you can delete it and try again. Try something new. Breaks some of the rules. HAVE FUN!

Here are a few examples to get you started!

From yesterday’s post, I photographed this one of Eli, by standing on the trunk that he was holding onto. Because of the way the light hits his eyes, it really highlights how blue they are.

Yes, I admit, I LOVE little baby toes and feet. Let’s face it, the older we get, the uglier our feet get. Might as well have photographic proof of the once cute feet! I took this photograph using a macro lens with a very shallow depth of field. In english, that means that the lens is able to focus at a very close distance and that only a small portion of the photograph is in focus. (Using a macro lens, or the close up feature in your pocket camera, are the best ways to get good results close up!)

I took this photograph on Ella’s first birthday. I wanted to show just how little hair she had, but also that it had a little bit of curl to it.

Sorry for being a little long winded, but hope you found it helpful! Also, don’t forget you can always send me an email with any photography questions you have and we’ll answer them in a future tip.

Happy Tuesday!

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