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Journal Entry: Thu Dec 25, 2008, 2:52 AM

Think about it

So Santa bought you a new camera now what you gonna do?

Charge the battery and start snapping? Bad idea as you will probably throw most of the pictures in the bin!

Family Pictures

The typical classic xmas pictures cuts off the aunties head and feet and is out of focus or has a thumb across the lens. Do you really want to lose the memory of a great time of year?

When you take a picture of the family look at the complete picture first:

Is the christmas tree growing out of your dads head?
Has the camera focussed on the wall behind the family?
Would the picture look better if you could actually see all the faces?
Have you chopped off their heads or feet?

Most of the time pictures of people would be better if you get closer and take a picture showing them from the waist upwards. If you are really clever turn the camera through 90 degrees so you can fill the frame.

When you have thought about everything don't stab the shutter to take the picture, gently squeeze the shutter to reduce the camera shake that is normally there when you shoot pictures indoors.

Let's share the memories; post some links to your christmas festivities and put a smile on all our faces.

Remember: think about it and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

regards and best wishes to you all at this festive time of year
Kev Lewis

My Website has been snowed in :)

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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Artist
happy new year distant artist
2dazed Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll have to try that tilting 90 degrees. Thanks Kev!
Tristar444 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Thanks for the tips. Indoor pics are my greatest concern. I prefer not to use flash if I don't have to. So now I have to concentrate this year on learning shutter speed and anything else to to get a quality pic indoor with out flash. Any suggestions or links to check out? Have a Joyous New Year 2009.
znow-white Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
You are so clever Kev neighbor should have read this :paranoid: 300 pics in like 30mins a gazzilion GB memory that needs to be filled within the hour :lmao:
carterr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
I'm okay - I don't take pictures of people :)
Calander Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
I left my camera at home would you believe!
I usually take my camera everywhere, but lately my heads been in the clouds.
This is a great journal, gave me a giggle:giggle: and great advice at the same time.
atbemo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Great advice :D merry boxing day XD.
meihua Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
you're so helpful hehe :) I got a great new lens for Christmas, can't wait to start using it!
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional
I only wish Santa bought you a new camera, but this should be fun to watch all the same ;)
Helewidis Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008   Photographer

Merry Xmas, Kev!
Pixydream Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
:santa: ;)
agosbeatle Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
Merry Christmas!! :santa:
fluffyvolkswagen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome tips!!! :love:

Happy Christmas!!! :blowkiss:

cycoze Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tips Kev, I went to take a photo of my Mum last year but when i noticed the round topiary behind her head it looked like a green Afro hairdo, so I took the photo deliberately :D
0-kelley-0 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
:lmao: There's always a tree growing out of someone's head!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tips!
Ilharess Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
good tips, i have been contemplating about those since i got my SLR two years ago. usually my uncle would take those family photos with his many decades old camera, and it's always funny as always something happens: flash does not fire, film is not in right, someone moved, he trips while running to be in the photo too and such. saturday i will be having that kinda photo session, and as i don't really like to use flash and am still not too familiar with it, i will have to go with automatic for flash which is veeery strong ;) but as the room we will be in is quite big, i hope my 50f1.4 will be wide enough, if not i'll have to go with 17-40f4L. until i finally get new 24mm... Santa doesn't bring me such stuff, i'll have to do with lottery ;)
have wonderful holidays and lovely photos :holly:
A-WildDog Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
So glad you posted this! LOL. Pictures maybe later though... festivities start at lunchtime properly. Although this would be one of the first times I photograph people seriously... could be interesting!
Merry Christmas Kev x
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