Howdy ya’ll- It’s that time of year when we’re all gatherin’ around the campfires, picnic tables and grills. Aside from good food, the company is just as important. One of my favorite things is to photograph my loved ones so we’ll have the memory of that fine day for years to come! The problem is that all my photos tend to turn out blurry, with folks havin’ their eyes closed or everybody gets mad cause they think they look fat! So I had my friends the Kirby-Davis family pose for some photos- I’m gonna show ya’ll the mistakes I made next to the ones my cousin Amanda Cherry took, fixin’ my mistakes. Her tips are so easy, even I can do it ya’ll!
How to Take Great Photos…
Here is a typical photo I took ya’ll at a picnic table. Nothing much wrong with it- but look at what cousin Amanda did by askin’ everyone to move around a little-
The first thing that mom Annie Davis said was- “Oh, my gosh- I look so much better in this photo!” Plus it shows a little of the kids’ personality, Zach the joker and Emily the beauty!
Here is somethin’ I do ya’ll that ruins even an otherwise great photo- I don’t check my background!
Here is how my cousin Amanda corrected my mistake!
One of the best ways to create amazing photos is to put people into lines or shapes; think triangles, squares, descending lines, and ascending lines. Here are some examples my cousin Amanda created.
One of the things that Amanda suggested too was using the rule of thirds. She said, “Imagine that the photo or screen of the camera is divided into thirds. It makes for a more interesting photo if you put your subject in one-third of the photo. But only if the background is interesting and doesn’t distract too much. You want the focus to be on your subject.”
Last but not least- don’t be afraid to ask your subject to move around a little so you can get the best photo of them-
The last tip that cousin Amanda shared with me was- “Don’t be afraid to get close up! People are beautiful, so don’t be afraid to show us their faces!”
So that’s it ya’ll! Don’t forget the big tips; create shapes by asking folks to move into the best photo, use the rule of thirds, and don’t be afraid to get up close! Happy photographing ya’ll!