5 Tips To Capture The Best Family Moments
Creating, sharing and preserving family memories is an important step to keeping your family history alive. It's impossible to capture every moment, however, these five tips will help you on your way to capturing the moments that really matter.
Get Everyone Involved
You finally have the perfect shot but there's someone missing - the person behind the camera! To capture the perfect family moment everyone there should be in the picture. Forget about being camera-shy - family memories are made to be treasured. Therefore, the photographer should get a chance to be in a photo too! A way of doing this is by using a tripod. Tripods are so easy to use - set your camera on a self-timer to get everyone into the frame or buy a remote that lets you take the photo when everyone is in position. Another option would be to buy a selfie stick, they are cheap, lightweight and perfect for family trips.
Moments tend to come and go very quickly - so you've got to be prepared. Patience is key with this one. It's a great skill to apply when searching for that special moment. You also have to trust your intuition and when you feel like something magical is about to happen - go with your gut and capture the moment. A handy tip is that sometimes it's not the special moment that's the best shot, it's the moment after. The logic behind this is that usually after a photograph has been taken, people tend to relax as they forget about the camera nearby. This is when they won't be hiding behind a 'fake' smile and you can capture something real. For beginners, there's a little trick for this. Use the burst setting on your camera or smartphone. The burst setting automatically captures multiple photos at once so you won't miss that special moment.
Closer is not always better!
Framing is our next tip. Closer isn't always better - sometimes it's the location that makes a moment special. If you have a great scene make use of it. However, don't forget it's one thing to have a pretty frame but you should also consider the positioning of your subject/s. You need to think about what you want to capture within the frame and the positioning of your subject to make a photograph 'purposefully meaningful'. This is where you can be a little creative and play around with different angles and positioning to capture a photograph that is wall-worthy and can be treasured in the years to come.
Capture Photos in Motion
Capturing movement within a photo can enhance the image by making it more emotive. It is a great way to capture a certain mood or feeling, particularly when you want to make a photo powerful and truly capture the moment. If you look at the above image what do you feel? That feeling is what makes this photograph so captivating. It one of the more difficult skills to do in photography but we found an excellent beginners guide to capturing motion which you can read here.
First Person Perspective
First person perspective (FPP) also known as a point of view (POV) shot is when the photographer is an integral part of a moment, rather than simply recording a perspective. This is a commonly used technique for many photographers to bring their audiences into the picture. If you scroll through your Instagram feed, you'll probably find at least one photograph that has been captured in first person perspective. By using FPP you can tell a story from the photographer's point of view and capture a moment as you see it.
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