How beautiful is Christmas? The freshly fallen snow (in some parts of the country!), the decorated Christmas tree, the shimmering lights and the smiling faces of loved ones — it’s all so visually appealing! The Christmas season is full of photo opportunities, and if you aren’t careful, you may miss out on some of them! If you want to make sure that your Christmas scrapbooks have all the pictures you could ever want this holiday season, use this Christmas photo checklist!
Moment of truth – how many photos have you taken on your phone in the last year? Seriously, take a second to contemplate it… Now, how many of those photos did you print? And how many of them did you back-up?
According to a recent article, approximately one-third of iPhones suffer accidental damage or get broken each year. The most common causes of damage? Falling out of the user’s hand or lap, falling into liquid or having liquid spilled on it, and getting knocked off a table. So, what can you do to keep your precious digital photos safe? We’ve got a few ideas…
With today being National Camera Day—let’s finish up with series of Getting To Know Your Camera.
ISO – International Standard of Organization or before digital it was known as film speed and not “in search of”. Well, we are, in fact “in search of” more light!
Low ISO – less light and less grain or noise. High ISO – more light and more grain or noise.
Our pets are important members of our family and photos of them are always treasured. It can be fun taking photos of our pets, but also frustrating! Just like children they don’t always do what we want them to, when we want them to. I have come up with a few tips that you may find helpful.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Just relax and have fun with your pet and try not to get stressed when you want that perfect photo. If you are feeling stressed they will feel it. Patience is the best quality to have and treats too!
How fast do I want to snap this photo? That is the question you should ask yourself when you are setting your shutter speed in manual mode. How much natural light is available when you are taking the photo has a direct relationship to how fast you want to snap the photo. So if you are in low light you will need to hold your shutter open longer and if it is a bright situation you will need it to open and close quickly.
Shutter Speed = Time
Ready to learn about aperture/F-stop? I am going to share a few tips with you about how to get started setting your aperture.
The first step is to decide what you are trying to achieve from the photo you want to take, blurred background, everything in focus, stop action, blurred action. If you are trying to blur your background or keep everything in focus it is your aperture you are going to set first. When beginning it is a good idea to go 50 percent manual and you do this by using the A(Nikon) or AV(Canon) mode found on the dial on the top of your camera. In this mode you set the f-stop and the camera chooses the correct shutter speed to balance the light meter in your camera.
Would you like to get your camera off the automatic settings and take control of your camera? I am going to teach you about the different features that are available on most DSLR cameras (digital single-lens reflex) in this post and then I will do a more detailed post on some of the most important components of manual photography. The first step is to go to the dial on the top of your camera and turn the dial to “M” and away from the “Auto” or the green box option.
I have to say I love my “big” cameras and I have bought camera bags that look like purses so that I can have my big camera with me when I am out and about, but I LOVE the convenience of always having a camera with me on my iphone when it is not convenient to bring my big cameras.
Manufacturers are making them better and better with each new model. For the majority of the population, phone cameras work perfectly for their photo needs on a day to day basis. You can take some pretty awesome photos with your phone!
What do you photograph at birthdays? I wanted to share a few of the things that I like to photograph on that special day in our home.
Do you buy a cake or make a cake for the birthday person? Is there a family favourite that you always make or buy? Is there a theme cake? I always try to take a photo of the cake so we can look back each year to see what creation I have come up with.
Grant’s Car Crash Cake was perfect for his 11th birthday! He loves anything to do with cars and racing so he loved his cake!
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and it is most often surrounded by traditions and family. I try every year to come up with a new photo idea, the topics usually remain the same, I just try to find a new perspective when snapping the photos. Looking at the same things in a new way and capturing that moment to remember for a lifetime.
Favourite Family Tradition
Every year our family visits the Christmas tree lot where we cut our own tree and I take the same photo of the tree falling. It is nice to look back and see the difference in the size of the children and who is cutting the tree. It used to be my husband when the children were small and now that Ben is 16 he is doing lots of the work. I took that same photo this year, but I think my favourite photo from the day was Lauren and Grant grabbing a selfie while Todd and Ben cut the tree.