I thought I would post a few tips that have helped me improve my photography.
It’s so easy to take the regular full body shots of our children, but try and get closer, eyes are beautiful, open or closed
Don’t cut off my hand
Try not to cut off body parts, her hand would have been better in this photo, also when taking full body shots, don’t cut people’s feet off, a photo is more pleasing when you can see the ground, but (there is always a but) sometimes cutting off body parts can work….
Find the light
This photo is taken with a big window behind my daughters head, yet there is still plenty of light on her face without any shadows.
Or try side lighting
Either way, practice taking photos with your flash off, on camera flash does nothing good for your photos!! I am of course favorable to natural light photography.
Now a few techinical tips….White Balance, if you regularly edit photos in a Lightroom or something similar, you will probably change the white balance, a lot. White balance changes a lot, and while the auto white balance on a camera’s setting can be acurate, even in one room it can change depending on if you are moving around, what coloured wall you are near. I set my camera to white balance cloudy, that way the white balance is always the same, even if it is not accurate at the time. When I go to Lightroom (or whatever program you use) you only need to edit the white balance once and then sync it across all your images, it is much easier than editing each individual photo.
Another great tip is to turn on the histogram feature on your camera, usually when playing back your photos you can find it by pressing info. I don’t know a whole lot about histograms but I do know if the graph is too far to the left it will be too dark, if it is too far to the right it will be too bright, you need to have the graph spread through the middle, also turning the histogram on will enable “blinkies” to appear on the photo you have taken, if you have “blinkies” it means your photo is over exposed and you need to adjust your exposure to compensate. Unless of course you want it that way!!
Image from Poluz