There’s our baby. No real thought to it, just get the baby, get the smile, get the face, get the little fingers.
But eventually you have so many pictures of those little fingers and toes, that smile, that face that you want to start showing your child’s personality in your pictures. You want to have something to help remember just how it felt to be with them.
Things like lighting start to matter. You want a picture to capture magic. It’s more than just getting their face and their smile. It’s about capturing the light in their eyes.
Then you have a second child and you realize you’re taking less pictures and you’re kind of overwhelmed but you don’t want to lose all that ambition you had to take those perfect pictures. You find yourself taking pictures on your phone and you start to get the parent guilt that your second child will feel inferior.
You want to put pictures of your kids on the wall, but you’re just not getting frame-worthy images. Once that looked great on your phone screen or on the camera viewer aren’t so terrific when you get them printed. Something must be done.
Then maybe you find yourself buying a fancy camera and expecting it to work miracles on your pictures. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
Eventually, like me, you may just throw your hands up and wonder why you bother.
But it’s okay. You can still get amazing pictures of your kids. You just have to put in some time, learn a few things, and practice.
And then, almost all of a sudden, you’ll find yourself with frame-worthy pictures of your kids.
It can happen. I’m living proof.
My secret is I learned about my camera. I got help to learn how to use it. And I continue to try and learn more when I want to get better.
One of my tools along the way has been the Mom and Pop Photo School. My one-day photography class was great, but I continue to need references for advice and tools. The Mom and Pop Photo School has an excellent manual with sections on the technical stuff and settings (Cameras 101), as well as examples on how to use the light around you to get better portraits (Portraits 101). The 101 set gives you both parts or you can get one or the other. Plus it has an online community where people can upload images and share tips so you can have a place to ask all your questions.
I’ve been in Manual mode for 9 months, challenging myself to learn my way around the camera. I pull it out when the kids are playing, I take it to camera-worthy locations and I get all the big milestones in there, too. (That last picture is from Graham’s first day of school this year. Such a keeper.)
But I’m still learning. Like how I finally decided to learn about focus and white balance, things that weren’t covered too much in my class but had sections in the Mom and Pop manual. Turns out, white balance is a lot simpler than I thought. Oh, and focus… well, I need to get a new lens since my favorite one is manual focus instead of auto and with my not-perfect vision it often gives me blurry images. See! Learning!
If you’re finding yourself ready to throw in the towel on getting great pictures, think again. And now you can enter to win your own 101 Set, with both the Cameras 101 and Portraits 101 courses plus a year of online support, a $99 value.
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Disclosure: I received the 101 Set to review from Mom and Pop Photo as one of their affiliates.