Category Archives: Photographers Tips

Keep missing interesting blog posts? Then read on…

Now, I’m not super tech-savvy. I know my way around a PC (and can turn on a Mac, just). I know a few different programs and how to google things as well.
And, until quite recently, I didn’t know about RSS feeds.
Do you?
If so, you’re probably already using a feed reader and have subscribed to a bunch of blogs (hopefully this is one of them!)
If not, then let me briefly explain so that you can discover a super easy way of keeping up to date with blogs, news sites, facebook pages and probably a bunch of other things I’m yet to discover.

So, I use Google Reader to follow my blogs, but there are loads of programs you can download for free. Just google ‘rss readers’ (or click here for some suggestions).
Think of it as a kind of e-mail program. Once you ‘subscribe’ to a feed (ie, choose to follow a blog or new site etc), as soon as a new blog post appears on that site, or the site is updated, it is sent straight to your reader. It appears kind of like an e-mail, and you can scroll through to see what you want to read now, mark things to keep for later reading, share & e-mail.
Using a reader means you don’t need to keep checking back to a blog you are interested in to see if it has recently been updated, and you won’t miss out on any interesting or relevant posts if you forget to check those blogs on a regular basis. So, it’s a great time-saver and an easy way to keep informed.
If you start following lots of different blogs, you can create folders that hold similar themes – I have a few such as ‘photography’, ‘food’, ‘housey stuff’ & ‘fun’. You can choose to look at just what’s in those folders, or scroll through everything at once, depending on what you feel like reading.

To ‘subscribe’ to a blog is super simple. Some blogs have a little orange button (it looks like a radar) which you can click and it lets you subscribe to your reader (check out my blog and look for the little orange button!). Or, if there isn’t one (or if the button doesn’t work) then you can simply copy the link of the blog straight into the subscription section of your reader and then it’ll automatically come up in your feed. Easy peasy.

So, if you want to make your internet browsing time more efficient & you’re tired of trying to remember to check the blogs you like, you should definitely give this a go.
Soon, I’ll share some of my favourite blogs you can add to your feed!


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Photographers tip # 287
Simple really, but if you can see or papers or toys or yesterday’s dishes in the background of a picture, these things will distract from your child’s gorgeous face. So, before you snap a photo, have a quick look at what is behind your child and tidy it out of the way. Try to aim for a plain background that won’t detract from the main focus of the photo –
your beautiful child!

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Today’s sharing’s Caring post is a little bit different.
I’m a guest blogger on the blog of Amanda Rolls – she writes a very honest & personal blog called Thoughts and Taunts.
Amanda is about to travel to New Orleans, so my blog post is about getting the best out of your phone camera on your travels! Check out the post here: 5 Top Tips for Taking Tremendous Travel Photos with Your Trusty Camera on Your Phone (What? I like alliteration!)
I hope you find these tips helpful!
xx Shannon xx

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Photographers tip number # 287:
Get down low!
If you take a photo at your child’s height you’ll change the perspective from which you normally see them, and make it a more interesting shot. Crouch down and get your camera down to their level, so they are looking straight into the camera, instead of up at it.
You could even try lying or sitting on the the ground (if you’re happy to get your clothes dirty!) and get them to lie down or sit on the ground as well. Try to find some nice green grass to roll around in for some bright colour and textural interest.

I think this image is much more interesting taken at his level, than if I’d been standing up and looking down at him, plus you see the line of the fence as well from this angle, which adds depth:

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Photographers tip # 136
Look for the light!
When you’re choosing a location to take your photos, look for an area that is in bright, open shade. For example, the side of a building or on an open verandah. The light will be nice and even here, so your subject won’t be too squinty, and you will avoid patchy light & shade on their face. If there is no shadey area, you could try turning your subject so they have their back towards the sun – this way they will get some nice highlights in their hair, and there will be nice even light on their face. You’ll have to zoom right in on their face for this to work well, otherwise your automatic camera settings may make their face look too dark.

This gorgeous girl was photographed on a beach, with her back to the setting sun:

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Photographers tip # 1
Back up your photos!
Quick! Get them off the memory card in your camera (just imagine if you lost it today?), and onto your computer. Don’t stop there though! Make a copy on DVD and write on the date range the photos are taken. Even better – make two copies and taken one to work so that if something happens at home (like your darling child decides to use the disc as a frisbee), you’ll have another copy, safe and sound.
Sounds like overkill, but do this regularly and you won’t have to deal with the heartbreak of losing months or even years of those precious memories.

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As a photographer, I’m constantly learning new tricks & techniques, and I believe it’s important to practice, practice, practice to improve your photography.
I follow the blogs of some amazing photographers, who are so open and giving when it comes to tips and advice, so I thought I would do something for people following me.
I’ve been asked a number of times for advice on how to get the best photographs of kids when you’re at home, with a basic point and shoot camera, so I thought I’d post a weekly tip to help you get the most out of your camera, and get the best pictures of your kids going about their day-to-day lives. Most of these tips can work for adults as well. They’ll be basic tips, aimed at people who don’t have much knowledge about photography, but would like to be able to get some good shots of their loved ones with their own camera.

So, stay tuned, and please ask me if you have any questions, or if you want me to answer anything you’ve been wondering about regarding photography…and do let me know if you put my advice into practice!
So, without further ado:

Photographers tip number #326
Stop the bright lights!
Try to avoid using your flash. It creates harsh shadows and the dreaded ‘red eye’. Instead, try to position your child in bright, even light so the flash isn’t necessary (like near a window) and you’ll get much nicer results. You can also adjust your iso settings if your camera allows – the higher the number (ie 800iso) the less light you need, so the less you should need to use your flash. You should be able to find the option to stop the flash in your camera settings.