How many times have you wanted to capture a sweet moment of your children but by the time you got your camera out the moment has passed? Kids aren't the best at "redoing" candid moments for the camera. As photographers of children, we need to think like photojournalists.
There's a saying among photographers that "moment is everything." This means that good lighting or composition doesn't mean as much as capturing the moment that should be captured. David duChemin countered that argument in his podcast by reminding everyone that the composition of that "moment" can make or break the image.
I recently took two photos of my four year old on his scooter. In my eyes, one image is more compelling and powerful than the other. Let's see why.
We all know that children love boxes... sometimes even more than the item that came in them. I recently collected a bunch of boxes for my kids and set them loose with paint markers, masking tape and whatever else they could find in the yard. I was expecting to see three little "robots" walking around or maybe a bunch of new "airplanes."
However, as always, these kids surprised me.
Read More to learn some tips for capturing your children's imaginations at play.
This year is all about light. Photography is about harnessing light and shadow to convey feelings or represent reality (or fantasy). What I learned during last year's photo-a-week project is that if I want to grow as a photographer than I must learn all about different types and quality of light and how to manipulate light for my intended photographic vision. This month I'm focusing on directional light. Directional light is simply light that is stronger on one side of the subject than the other. This could be light coming from the side of the subject, the top, even the back. The purpose of directional light is about creating interest using the light and shadows created by the strong light. The images below would not have had the same pull or interest if the light was flat throughout the entire image. It's the play between the shadows and the highlights that draw your eye to my daughter's cute face. This week I focused on side light. I had my daughter sit about 2 feet from the window so I could get some bright light on her left side and dark shadows on her right.