Capture the REAL Moments in Life

I am a part of our Photography Club located in Mount Forest, this is an amazing group of individuals who have come together simply for the love of Photography.

This past Thursday was our last meeting for 2010 – hard to believe that in just over a month it will be an entirely new year. I prepared some “Winter Tips” for our Photography Club and wanted to share some with my clients. Everyone has a digital camera these days, it essentially costs nothing but time to capture your special family moments, especially during the holidays when family comes together. So during this holiday season make your New Years Resolution to capture more – more of the everyday REAL moments in life. As a Lifestyle Photographer this is what I photograph and as a mother treasure the most – the REAL moments where their personalities shine through.

So some hints and tips… for Winter Photography

Now for some Winter Tips… these are just some that I personally have found useful when photographing my own kids and family so I thought Id share with you 🙂

-Best times to shoot a snow scape is early morning or early evening when the sun isn’t as bright. The sun will reflect a LOT of light off the snow – which can be good if used the right way.

-Avoid using your flash as this will blow out the whites of the snow – you want to see the texture of the snow.

-If you are using Manual or venturing into Manual (dial on the top of your camera – NOT manual on the lens) you want to slightly over expose the photo – do not have your meter centered on 0 as this will make anything white in the photo grey as thats what it (the camera) exposes for – 18% grey. If you can meter off someones face and then adjust as you need to. Also use spot metering as this will be more effective for getting a proper meter – it wont take the entire scene and try to meter based on what is in the scene.

-Use as fast shutter speed that you can especially if you are photographing winter sports to freeze the action – skating, hockey etc.

-If you are photographing in mid-day bright sun, try using the sunny 16 rule to help with proper exposure or just watch your settings and histograms to ensure you aren’t blowing the snow.

-Remember if you are outside with your camera (where its cold), acclimatization is very important when you go inside, set your camera down and let it warm to the indoor temperatures. If you are outside with your camera in extreme temperatures be aware of how long you are out there for as certain cameras can only perform in certain temperatures for so long – especially extreme temperatures.

-Cold weather will also suck your battery life up much faster – so if you are playing outside with your kids when it is very cold, take the photos you want and then put it back inside. And make sure you and the kids are bundled up too 😉

-Snow can be harmful to your camera – if its snowing outside and lands on your camera it will immediately turn to water so be weary if you are outdoors in a snow fall to ensure you are protecting your equipment as best as you can. If you do get a lot of snow on your camera, when you are finished taking photos, wipe the camera down, put the camera down and allow to thoroughly dry before doing anything with it – including downloading the images! If you are out on a walk shooting in the cold, if you can cover your camera with your coat in between photos to help keep some warmth on it.

-Shooting in RAW can help “Save” a winter snow photo if you happen to “blow” the whites… they can easily be recovered when shooting in RAW.

-Snow can be very confusing to a camera’s automatic settings – so give the P, Av, Tv, M settings a whirl!

-Winter is a great time to experiment with taking some “macro” type photos… the frost on the trees, snow flakes, icicles, etc.

Hints and Tips for the REAL Moments…
These are my babes from last year … of course its not technically perfect – but its in the moment and I love it!

– Get up close and capture THE moment as it is happening – your child kissing their grand parent, holding hands, cuddling, playing together with family – best of all… kids opening gifts!

-Get the whole picture – as much as you will treasure the close up images, capturing the whole picture will not only give you a different view on the memory it brings your photo to life and captures the action!

-Experiment with what your camera CAN do. Experiment with Aperture and Shutter Speed – be creative!
-Most of all… have FUN! You will be amazed how much just 1 photo triggers so many memories in your heart and mind 🙂

This photo was a special part of our Christmas Season last year… the Olympic Flame came through our town! Our kids still talk about it 🙂

-Have fun shooting and capturing your Christmas decorations… after these ARE a part of your children’s childhood – This is our tree from last year. I used a slower shutter speed to capture this in the true light of the room with the lights on the tree!

Most of all… Have FUN! Capture those memories – one day they will be Treasures 🙂

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