A little while ago I received a complimentary copy of the ebook Click! How to take gorgeous photos of your kids. I had a quick read through and was quite impressed, but I’ve yet to put anything into practice.
Now that Christmas is approaching I thought it would be a great idea to brush up on my photo skills to catch the kids at this magical time of year. It also dawned on my that my photos could make for some easy and cheap presents for the family ;)
The author of the book is photographer Rachel Devine, an American expat ‘mom’ of three who lives in Melbourne. Her passion for children’s photography and her eagerness to teach others how to take great photos is clearly evident in her writing and her photographs. The photographs alone in Click! are worth the price. They are so inspiring and beautiful.
I have a Canon 1000D. I don’t know all that much about photography, but I wish I did. It takes good photos, depending on what I point it at and how! The book covers camera settings and exposure, how to set up a shot, styling and lighting. Stuff I hadn’t given much thought to before. It also covers different styles of photograpy by playing with things like composition, colour and framing. Rachel’s approach to photography has made me more mindful of what I’m shooting. Am I trying to photograph a person, or capture a moment that tells a story?
It is in this frame of mind that I feel motivated to take on one of the many project ideas that Rachel has provided to spark inspiration.
I am choosing:
Portray a Child . . . Without Featuring the Child
Partly because I have chosen not to publish recognisable photos of the CrashKids on my blog, buy more interestingly to see if I can tell my children’s story. To capture a moment in their life and elements of their childhood that might otherwise be forgotten when they grow up.
- Take twelve images of objects, places, or even abstract ideas and colours that represent your child.
- Think about your child and begin by writing a list of words that describe them right now. Don’t over analyse, just jot down whatever comes to mind.
Now, here comes the challenge.
- Translate the words on your list into photographs. Think about the framing, camera settings, and exposure carefully as you’re shooting so you can get these twelve images in as few attempts as possible.
- Pull your twelve favourite shots and edit them simply so as not to detract from the photography. The goal is to use your camera to capture these twelve facets of your child’s personality.
- To complete this exercise, display the images as a grid or as an old film strip.
So, tomorrow I’m going to be busy taking photos to see if I can capture CrashBoy and/or CrashGirl (will depend on how successful I am at keeping up with either of them!). I’ll post my results in this week’s Wordless Wednesday.
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Meet you back here tomorrow with my results!
Do you take good photos of your kids?
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