What is most important when we take photos of our families? Do we need to make sure that everything is perfect, and everyone is posed just so? Or do we need to make sure that it is fun for everyone involved. I have memories of being told that we had to stand just so … but that was back in the time when film cost so much. Now we can do much more with our digital cameras, and it doesn’t matter how many pictures we take. Photo sessions with our families can be much more relaxed. Enjoy the following pictures:
but the greatest of these is love.
Tobogganing can be fun for everyone, and it can be fun to take photos. However, it isn’t always easy to do so. There are several things you have to take into account. You need to have a fast enough shutter speed, and you also need to make sure your aperture is small enough to pick up the detail. Both these and the ISO are going to make the difference of whether you can have your subject in focus.
I didn’t manage to get every subject in focus as much as I wanted to, but it is good practice. I loved the expressions on the children’s faces as they were flying down the hill.
There was a jump and I tried taking photos of them coming over the jump. Most of these were too blurry to put on this blog, but I will put one on so that I can remember what it looks like when the subject is not in focus. It gives the idea of speed, but I didn’t get the focus on the subject.
I haven’t had the same time and freedom to take photos as I’ve been used to, but I have been looking through different tutorials on the internet. I’ve especially been looking at Family Photography and Lifestyle photography compared to “posed” photography. I have a lot to learn in both of these areas.
This past weekend I had the chance to take some photos of a young boy looking out a window. This was a chance to challenge myself to see if I could get a good exposure, and take a sharp enough picture. He was quite involved watching what was happening outside – birds at the bird feeder, and other children playing. Some of my pictures didn’t turn out as sharp as I wanted, but it was fun trying.
Children are a blessing from the Lord, and it is wonderful how He has made each one of us.
1 Corinithians 13:4-7
Family in the sun … Taking time for family and loved ones is what God wants us to do. When we do this, He shows us the beauty in our family and around us. With Thanksgiving coming, it is good to be reminded of all that we can be thankful for.
This picture was a bit of an “oops”. I realized after I took the picture that I shouldn’t have taken this with automatic settings, or made sure that I got my focus from their faces. The camera picked up its focus from the building. Focusing on their faces, and holding the shutter button half way down, then recomposing, would have made their faces sharper. However, I still like the softness of their faces. I also thought that if the background wasn’t overexposed the way it is, the picture might have been too busy.
Settings: 1/40, f/4.5, ISO 100
Afternoon times at the lake. One of those memories we like to have during the long winter months. This girl was fascinated with the ducks, and spent quite a bit of time watching them. Shooting in the direction of the sun made her look silhouetted for the picture.
Building memories for children is an important part of raising our children. God gives us this opportunity to raise them for Him … we need to spend time with them.
Settings: 1/320, f/11, ISO 100
Little boys … shy … not sure about having his picture taken? He just didn’t want it to take too long to have his picture taken and wondered when he could get down. Little boys are given to us from God. God makes each of us unique … looks … personality … attention spans …and He loves us.
Settings: 1/200, f/10, Bounced flash
Now that I’m back in my “day” job, it’s getting harder to find time for photography and writing in this blog. My goal is to add a new picture each week. Recently I had the chance to take some portraits of several children. This month I’ll add some of these photos.
This little girl enjoyed posing for the camera, so I had more opportunity to work with the lighting for her photo. It was taken outdoors, in the shade, and I bounced the flash off of a gold reflector.
I’m reminded that children are a gift from God, and that He loves each one of them. We need to treat each of our children as a gift, and raise them for Him.
Settings: 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 100, Flash (bounced off gold reflector)