5 Tips for Making Great Family Photos
A few years ago, if you wanted to take good family photos, you would have to hire a professional photographer. Many are doing it now. But there are those who prefer to buy their own DSLR camera and try to take photos on their own. Often those who start taking photos and take their first family photos are disappointed with the results.
We have prepared for you 5 tips that will help you have a good start in this difficult task.
1. Stay at your children's height Usually we see kids from top. It turns out that when we take a photo from this angle, we get a completely familiar result. The brain, as it were, says: "I have already seen this many times." If you want to take photos that really get your attention, go down to your children's height. If you want to make your photos even more interesting, then find a way to photograph your children from bottom to top.
2. Work with aperture Aperture controls the depth of field. And the depth of field has a huge impact on the story the photograph tells. By adjusting the depth of field, you focus the audience’s attention on a specific point in 3D space and blur the rest of the details. In fact, you say: this object is more important than the rest! Focus your attention on it. This is the highlight of this photo. Use the aperture to highlight the most important parts of a photo, blurring all other details. It may take some time to learn how to focus, especially if you are photographing more than one person.
3. Tell the story A good photo is not just a beautiful picture. A good photo tells a story!
When you are about to take a photo, do not think about it being cute or impressive. Instead, think about what story you want to tell. If you were holding a sheet of paper and a pencil in your hands, what exactly would you write about your children at that particular moment? A camera is not a device for taking pictures, but a history-recording device. At almost any point in time, interesting stories unfold before and around you. Stop for a moment and hear them.
4. Establish a contact If your subject for photography does not feel that you are currently open to it, then most likely it will not want to tell your story. In many photographs where people look nervous or pinched, the problem is not with people, but with the photographer, whose mood is conveyed to his models. Everything that you feel at the time of photographing is most likely felt by those people whose picture you are taking. And it will be seen in the photo. The ability to control your emotions and internal mental processes is a real art. And the best “family” photographers are those who have spent years honing this skill. To take good family photographs, you do not need to embark on the path of enlightenment, self-knowledge, meditation in Tibet. But you can, for example, keep in mind that most people do not like to be photographed just for the sake of taking pictures. People love to share their hobbies and interests. Before you take the camera, talk with the children about their toys, friends and hobbies. You will make contact, relax and create a good context for taking a photo session.
5. Pay attention to the background. Many people simply do not understand that photography has two elements: foreground and background. Everyone understands and perceives the foreground as the place where the child, husband or wife or the whole family is usually placed. The background is usually neglected. But in vain, because it plays an important role in creating the composition. The symmetrical and blurry background, on which there are no random people and "stray" objects, is a classic that is used in most good family photos. When you take a picture, pay attention to the natural and man-made objects that create the background for the photo. It can be doorways, bridges, houses, trees and mountains.