Have you noticed I love taking photos — I mean really love it? If you knew me in the flesh, you would know I am happiest with my Nikon D70 in front of my face, clicking away, capturing my two precious loves — Jackson and Julia.
(It is technically Susan and Rob’s camera, but we share it — which means they paid for it, but I take photos of their daughter Julia. Hey, it works for me! I have a Canon film SLR, but when photographing kids and babies, which is what I love to do, I prefer a nice digital SLR.)
I am unfortunately just an amateur. I have only taken one photography course, but I am determined to take more. (And to buy more… oh the lenses and cameras I would love to own…)
So I love to read hints or articles on photography and visit sites to look at great photos.
But since I am so busy, I don’t get to devote much time to this passion. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when Darren Rowse of ProBlogger dropped me a note about his recent article 10 Tips for Photographing Babies. Knowing that we have a site for moms, he thought you all might be interested.
So with no delay whatsoever, I hopped over to read what he had to say.
And then Susan had a great idea…
So hop into your photo files and pull out a picture you like and join in. Or grab your camera and take a photo of a child (doesn’t have to be yours) nearby.
We can’t wait to check them out. They don’t have to be perfect. Gosh — I have never taken a perfect photo in my life. This is just for fun.
Ready, Set, GO!
Oh… I almost forgot mine…
Here is Julia at Easter time. It was a cold spring day and she had a sun hat on. But then her mom added a sweater and Jackson’s vest because it was getting so cold as the sun went down and the kids played outside, so her outfit was rather crazy-looking.
I love to zoom in and get close ups of babies and children’s faces. Susan’s relatives in Italy just don’t get it and say, “But she cut off her head!”
Here especially I cut down on not seeing her crazy outfit and we get to concentrate on her sweet face.
Don’t you just want to give her a cuddle and a kiss? (But if you were here in real life, she wouldn’t let you anyway. That little one is not too fond of new people. Jackson, on the other hand, would have been charming your socks off.)
The sun was going down and Julia was in the shade. I played with positions trying to get enough light. And I think this shot worked out alright. And the cutie showed of her smile for me too. It warms an auntie’s heart.
And then of course, don’t forget Photoshop. I added a bit more contrast and brightened it up a tad to compensate for the not-perfect lighting. As well I took out a bit of dried tears from by one of her eyes (someone must have tried saying “Hi” to her.) You gotta love Photoshop.
So there you have it — one of my favorite shots (that I haven’t already used on Wordless Wednesdays.)
Now it’s your turn!
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