Take Better Vacation Pictures - Part 1
A year ago, I bought a SLR Canon Camera, a nice upgrade from my previous camera. The first photos I took were from my youngest daughter at her swim lesson: the photos were very average: too much blue and too much light combined with an inexperienced photographer: bad combo. That is how I learned my first lesson in photography: the photographer’s skills are way more important than the camera itself.
So, not undermined by this setback, I browsed the internet for photo classes, to make a long story short, there were multiple sessions on multiple weeks: does not work for a busy mom of two. Eventually, I found Robin Allen, a talented photographer who emailed me the basics of digital photography to read at home. That saved me time. And off I went for a two hours individualized session with Robin, I had picked my topic, my needs and she had created a lesson with these needs in mind. These needs were simple: take good photos of my children on a regular basis and when we travel. I also wanted to take good shots of the places we visit for our vacations.
I did not become a professional in two hours but now I have great shots to look at and print. Now I THINK for a couple of seconds before taking the pictures using the skills that Robin taught me and I go for a great shot. And I can do that with any camera,expensive or cheap (but I am not going to trade my SLR anytime soon, I love it too much)
The photography lesson with Robin has been one of the best things I have done. Mother’s day and Father’s day are coming so here is a nice gift that will last a lifetime! As parents, we all take hundreds of pictures of our family every year so a photography class is a nice investment.
Robin has agreed to analyze some of my pictures: there is a bad one, followed by a good one. Thanks to the skills she gave me, I was able to see what was wrong and correct it right away. I hope you will learn a trick or two from her comments.
You will find Robin’s information at the end of this email and more photos next week.Contact her and mention this blog and you will get a free photo tip!
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy – bad photo
Robin: All of us have had the experience of getting a lucky grab shot where everything works. This is not one of those lucky shots! You can see how good it could have been. The composition is not bad. The children are well-positioned against the backdrop of the famous fountain. The shallow depth of field keeps attention on the subject (the children) while still showing where they are.
However, in trying to capture the moment, both children are caught off-guard. The older child appears to be talking to someone off-camera. The younger child's eyes are closed and her face is in shadow. And nothing is in quite in focus. The out-of-focus background is acceptable when the main subject is in focus, but that's not the case here. What might have been a great shot just barely misses.
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy – good photohttp://www.travelismorefunwithkids.com/.a/6a00e55228158488330115705a3d9b970b-pi
Pantheon, Rome, Italy, bad photohttp://www.travelismorefunwithkids.com/.a/6a00e552281584883301156f6405f9970c-pi
Pantheon, Rome, Italy, good photo
Next week, Robin will explain more on how to take pictures of our children in a crowded environment and how to take a good portrait in a beautiful setting.
About Robin Allen
Have camera, will travel! I am a professional photographer and Photoshop artist.
Please call me for more information and a free photo tip! I will be launching a new website soon with more details about my coaching and teaching services.