Black and White Portraits - the power of light

Black and white photos are more than clicking a button on the computer take away color. If you make a photo with the intention of it being black and white (like the old film masters had to do), you pay attention to light, shadows, textures, etc. You then heighten that with special post-production editing. The result will hopefully tell the story that the photographer originally intended.

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How to make a more compelling image

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.

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How to capture your child lost in imagination

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.

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Getting creative with playground photography

If you've been taking your children to the playground for 8 years like I have, you might find yourself getting bored with your photos. There are only so many shots you need of your kid coming down the slide.

So, what is to be done? Stop taking photos? Stop going to the playground?

 A documentary photo of a boy playing on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA

I found myself here recently. I had even rented a 70-200 lens for a family shoot the following day and wanted to test it out with my own kids. However, once we got to the park, I was bored with all the shots I was making. Other photographers can make art with any lens and here I was with a beautiful lens creating boring snapshots. So, I took a step back.

 A sweet photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by documentary photographer Erica Faith Walker.

I blinked and looked with new eyes at the playground. Suddenly, I saw lines, geometric shapes, interesting shadows and compelling stories.

Sometimes all we need to do to break out of the photography rut is to just decide to see in a new way. So, next time you're bored with your park photography, try these steps:

  1. Close your eyes. Open them when you're ready to see in a new way.
  2. Take your camera out of your normal settings. Get out of your comfort zone.
  3. Experiment with new angles or slower shutter speeds
  4. When you get home, try editing them in a different style


 This is a fun black and white photo of a girl on playground equipment in San Dimas, CA by Erica Faith Photography.