I know. I know. YOUR PICTURES ARE AWESOME, ALEX!
And there are like seventeen thousands posts on photo-taking. Which I find completely intimidating. Oh and I need REAL LIFE tips. Not blogging tips. Because my kids are cute but all my picture make them look… well…
I have the Sony Cyber-shot and I don’t understand how to do ANYTHING on it.
It has an Intelligence Mode which means it can detect when people are SMILING. And maybe looking. And definitely when they’re judging you, but then it takes a REALLY REALLY bad pictures.
So I pretty much rely on my iPhone camera. Which sucks. Because I have a lot of these.
Or I should just rely on my children being immobile?
So I ask: How do I take a good picture? Mostly with my iPhone, but, if you insist that’s impossible, I will start carting around my Cyber-shot.
PS. If you’re in Richmond, you can swing by ‘Buckle Up Baby.’ No, it’s not when you get in the Jeep Wrangler with a cute, slightly cheesy guy. On Saturday, September 18th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance teams up with the Virginia Department of Health to have certified child safety seat technicians, who will check and/or install car seats for free, at the Farm Bureau Insurance Headquarters, 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238
I included this PSA because people blow-off car seat installation. And that’s not cool. Or safe. (Trust me. Scott and I read the data. We’re paranoid and lazy so we only do what we must, but we do it with GUSTO.) And Farm Bureau Insurance agreed to give out my business cards to people who stop by as a thank you. Does that mean I’m doing a PSA every week? No. But hopefully they will continue handing out my business cards FOREVER.
Answer that was thoughtful and helpful and I’d like to think that I’m a good enough person to reciprocate but I’ll probably just wish that I was and settle for just taking her advice. Tracey writes: A good camera makes a HUGE difference, so I’d be using your Sony & not your iphone. You don’t have a chance using that. I googled the directions quickly & you’ve got some neat modes on that camera that should help. If you’re inside, I would try to change the shooting mode to “Anti-blur” or “Handheld twilight” & see which one gives you better results. Theoretically, they both sound like good options. If you want to go really crazy, switch the ISO to a higher number – somewhere around 800 or so should help. Before doing any of this, turn on lights & open windows or curtains to get natural light into the room. I know this seems unrealistic, but I basically decide if we’re having a picture day or not. If we are, lights go on, blinds are opened & the camera comes out. If you’re just trying to catch a “I can’t believe they did that moment” inside, make sure the flash is going off & try changing the ISO to a higher speed. It should help to flood the camera with light & give you a better chance at getting your little ones in action. If you’re outside or inside in a brightly lit room, try using the high speed shooting mode. That probably naturally increases the ISO & you have less to play with. The number one way to get better photos is to take more. Number two – play with your camera.
Once I stopped shooting with the automatic setting, I got WAY better photos. The biggest change, however, was when I switched to a DSLR but that is a much bulkier camera. If you don’t like dragging along that sleek little P&S, you would hate the DSLR. But wow! The pictures you could take! Make friends with a photographer & plan playdates.
Answer that made me want to start a contest because I could WIN it. The Sweetest writes: i might be the world’s second worst picture taker. I have cannon powershot and can barely use the automatic setting. i am of no help.