July 01, 2010

Photography Tips - Part 4

Today is our last day of photo tips!  I have to warn you that this post has a LOT of pictures in it!  I wanted to share some ideas for taking photos.  Now, these are mostly kid-oriented because it's always my kids (or nephews and nieces) that I'm taking pictures of.

There will also be a link of photography resources at the bottom of the post.

Before you start paging through the photos, I want to share my philosophy when it comes to photography.  I love REAL photos.  I'm not a big fan of posed, perfect pictures because that's not what my life is like.  People don't all wear denim, forced smiles, and stand in perfect formations in real life.  I love capturing who people really are and what they love.  That being said, on to the ideas!

I love just a plain close-up of a child's face with no distraction.  It's great when you can catch his or her real face and not a posed smile.

For a baby photo shoot, I bought flowers and spread the petals all over the ground.

I love photos from the back.  You can't see their faces, but I love seeing dad and son love.  This picture reminds me of a parent's job.  We're kind of like tour guides through this world.

I took blocks to spell out my nephew's name on this one.  I recently bought some vintage blocks at an antique store and I can't wait to take a sleeping baby picture with the name in front in blocks.

Chalk can be really fun for photos.  Also, anything the child is really into.  This little girl is obsessed with her mommy's shoes, so I wanted to get a shot of her stomping around in them.  Bean is her nickname.

I really like to take off-centered photos and then put text in.  I'm not a scrapbooker, but I love having the memories directly attached to the photo.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  (If you aren't LDS, you might not get this one.  Let me fill you in.  Boys serve 2-year missions when they are 19 in our church.  We have a cute song that says, "I hope they call me on a mission when I have grown a foot or two.)  My nephew  is wearing his daddy's suit and mission tag here.

Who doesn't like a silly picture?  You can buy these goofy old school glasses at the dollar store.

On the street where you live.  When we were moving, I wanted to get a picture of Rex on the curb by our old street number.

Now this is very real.  I love letting Rex lick the bowl after I bake something.  He gets pretty into it.

Last summer we were playing outside and I saw our wet footprints on the concrete together.  I wanted to remember playing with him outside.  I love his teeny print. 

Treats are a great way to get a child to hold still and they can even be photo friendly.  I found this lollipop for $1 at Wal-mart.  He liked it.  Can you tell?

Music has always been a big part of my life.  Baden fit perfectly into my guitar case, so I wanted to snap a shot of two of my loves together.

Have a stuffed animal your child loves?  My sister and I thought her son looked pretty cute dressed up to match a sock monkey.

Bright colored props can help a picture.  I bought this chair for $2 at a thrift store and spray painted it orange.  I love it for pictures.

Once again, I love the less posed pictures.  I shot while my parents talked and giggled.  Aren't they sweet?

I thought Rex looked pretty cute on our doorstep.  It's a fun photo spot, too.

One more ideas, but no pictures to show.  A series.  Take your child's picture at the same place or in the same chair as they grow.  I take a picture of my kids in the Costco cart when we go there.  I don't have one from every trip there, but quite a few.  It's fun to watch them grow as you page through the pictures.
Whew!  You made it through all of that!  Now on to the links.  Here are some of my favorites.

I Heart Faces:  They have tons of great tutorials for photoshop and elements.  They also do a fun themed contest each week.  This is a great, fun sight.  Just look through the weekly winning photos for ideas.

Coffee Shop:  Great tips and tutorials and tons of free actions if you have elements or photoshop.

Momtog: A fun blog with good tips for mom's who love to shoot.

Tara Whitney:  Incredible photographer who really captures who the people are.  Love her and everything she does.

Picnik:  You know what I'm talking about after this week.  I've used it for a long, long time now and I think the paid subscription is well worth it.  Even if you don't make the purchase, there are a billion things you can do with it.  Plus, it's so easy. 

Classes:  If you bought your camera at Inkley's or Ritz Pix or a store related to them, they usually offer free classes.  TAKE THEM!!!  I did and I learned a ton.  Well worth your time.  They can help you understand all the technical stuff that will allow you to feel like you know how to really get your camera to work for you. 

If you have a photography-related site you love and I didn't mention it, feel free to list in in your comment.  Let's share the photo love!  Tomorrow I'll be back with a photo-related Feature Friday.  See you then!  Thanks!


Janine Marie said...

Cheri - I am a photographer, and I just love your recent posts! Sharing your thoughts and ideas is so sweet! I am always up for sharing my tips and tricks! I post most of my work on my photography blog: www.peaceloveandphotos.blogspot.com. Check it out, if you get a free second =)

~april said...

Thank you for your tips this week. They have all been great and perfect for a beginning hobby photographer!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Oh my goodness Cheri. I LOVE these pictures. They are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. My fave (if I could actually narrow it down) I think is the guitar baby:). You are so talented!

Tasha said...

You are the best for sharing all these tips!! Really, I have loved them all! I will be coming back to reread them too. Thanks :)

Harmony said...

I love pioneer woman's blog for photography tips.

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

thank you thank you thank you!!
your tips are amazing I can't wait to try them this weekend!

Tammy said...

The picture of your husband with kids is so wonderful. Thanks for all the tips!

Martha said...

These tips have been wonderful! The peak of my week :) I went out and took a million more pictures so that I can keep messing around in picnik! I posted about your tutorials on my blog. Check it out if you have time.

Love your site!

The Smith Family said...

How fun was this week! Thanks for sharing. I play around a lot with photography and I really liked your thoughts and insight. Is there ANYTHING you can't do?!?! And I L.O.V.E your missionary picture...I can't wait to try this out wiht my boy!

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and all I can say is WOW! You have some great ideas.

ChasingRays said...

AGH these past few posts have been AMAZING, im sure it took a lot of time and work to put them together so a BIG THANK YOU to Cheri!!! I have JUST started getting into photography now that I have kids that I want photos of 24/7. first off the picture of the baby in the guitar case is GENIOUS AND PERFECT, GREAT GREAT photo and the one of your parents is so perfect. Its awesome and reassuring to see that a nonprofessional photographer (hope that doesnt come across offensive) can take/edit pictures just as good (if not BETTER) than a $1,000 an hour professional. YOU GIVE ME HOPE GIRL!! and thanks for the picnik videos, i have a subscription to picnik but it was nice to see how someone else edits their photos in a completely different way than i do, i was sorta stuck in the "do the same editing to every photo" rut but now ive got new techniques to try... i also just wanted to mention that you use the "eye brighten" tool completely different than i do and now im gonna have to try it your way! I always used it on the colored part of the eye and then used the "lighten" slider to lighten the eye and it gave the eye sort of a sparkly look. ONE LAST THING (dont mind this giganticly long comment) Im so happy you put the rock n roll poster tutorial up because I was JUST wondering what i am going to do for my son's monster theme birthday party invites that would be quick, cheap, and easy and now I have a starting point- use picnik DUH! THANKS FOR THE HARD WORK -Marie

Anonymous said...

love all these ideas!! thank you!

BJ_Mama said...

SO FUN! I just paged through..um, ALL of your photography posts!!!! WONDERFUL tips!
Consider yourself "followed"!

Marty Wolsey said...

Thank you so much for your fantastic photography tips. I really enjoyed them. I recently was introduced to Picnik, and I am an addict. It is nice to learn a few little tips and tricks.

Austin Lovelys said...

I loved all your photos!! Especially the future missionary picture....being LDS is awesome! :) Thanks so much for all your ideas!! I'm hooked.

M.O.T.B said...

Love the photos! The one with the blocks too cute, I have a Kamden:)

Jessica Loughrey said...

thank you, thank you for introducing me to picnik! i love what you've done with your photos using it and i'm having a blast exploring it and playing. if you head over to my blog you'll see my new blog banner that i just designed using picnik. thanks!

Our Blessed Life said...

Wow!! Thank you!! Thank you!! :) I just recently bought a "fancy" camera as I like to call it! :) I have a one year old son, and wanted to take some pictures myself of everyday things that he does, and not have to pay crazy prices for a professional to take pictures all the time! :) So, once I got the camera - I had NO idea what to do with it! :) These four tutorials helps SO much! :) I think I might get the hang of this! :) Thanks again!!

The Lanes said...

Thank you so much for the tips and tutorials! They were super easy to follow.

vivi said...

I'm so happy to meet you and your wonderful creations, can't wait to read all the posts you've made, you are great!!

Kristen said...

I loved looking at all of the pics. Where do you go to add text to the pictures? I haven't checked out the sites you suggested yet, maybe on one of them. I want to do a wall of family pics and loved you ideas.

iammommahearmeroar said...

Mike - It's all on Picnik.com and the other posts under photography will give you some tutorials on how to use it.



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