Mother’s Day is just around the corner and for many of us
that means an opportunity to take photos. If you’re not quite ready to leap in and figure out how to be a
professional photographer in the next 10 days, here are a few tiny tips to help
get you a few photos you’ll want to frame and a bunch more you’ll be proud of.
1. Get close enough to identify the subject. If you can’t tell who everyone is through the view finder, chances are no one else will after it’s printed.
2. Photograph very small groups of people rather than a whole room full. Sure, get the overall room as a reference point if that’s how you like to do that, but then come in closer for individual and small group shots. If you’re in a home environment that can sometimes be more difficult than getting close in a restaurant.
3. Take more than one shot of each photo. Have you ever noticed professional photographers (even on television)? They take several shots of each thing they’re photographing. When they’re taking photos of models, they don’t just take one of a particular outfit. No, they take multiple shots of each pose and each clothing change. This is so they have more to choose from when they’re done. There’s just nothing so annoying as having the only photo I have of a momentous occasion be blurry or for some unknown reason cut someone’s head off. It’s so simple to click the shutter a couple of extra times, just for insurance.
4. Take photos sooner rather than later. Trust me when I say that people don’t get easier to photograph as an event goes forward. Again, going back to professional photographers, they take the wedding party photos before the wedding every time than can do that. They take more shots at the beginning of the reception than the end. OK, some of the photos from the end of the reception can be pretty interesting but the best shots frequently come at the beginning of the event.
5. Finally, and actually most importantly, have fun. If you can have fun with your photography, other people will have fun having their photos taken. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you get to enjoy the gathering as well. If you have trouble knowing when to put the camera down, give yourself 10% of the time of the gathering to take photos. That number is a maximum! If you’re only going to be at a restaurant for less than 2 hours, you have 10 minutes or so to take as many photos as you’re going to.
These little tips work for any event or gathering, this is just a good time for a “quick tips” article.