Have you ever seen those fantastic natural lighting photos and wanted to get a great family picture of your own without paying those hefty prices. Here are some tips on how to take a great family picture.
1. The Camera – The camera and lens of choice does make a difference. Cameras like Canon and Nikon are photographer’s favorites. As a basic rule of thumb the higher the megapixels, the more defined your picture will be. As for lenses it all depends on the lighting, the amount of light you want in the shot, the type of shot, and so much more. Lenses make a lot of cool effects that you will only appreciate once seen by comparison. Try to do your research if you are still interested. Again you don’t need an expensive camera, but for those who want to be serious photographers this is just a suggestion.
2. Someone to take the picture – Now you need to find someone to take the picture. Just make sure they have free time, are camera friendly, will take random pictures, and can handle instructing people.
3. The lighting – Usually in the morning when the sun is rising or in the evening when the sun is setting is the best natural lighting for pictures.
4. Sun placement – Placement of the sun is very important. It could cause those in the picture to squint, could cause unnecessary shading, and can ruin any great picture. Make sure the natural light is to the back of those that you are taking their picture then play with the lighting if you have shady settings that are affecting your shot.
5. Random -Catch random shots. Group shots are so boring and so difficult to get everyone perfect. Try to have the photography catch those moments like 2 people looking at one another, a group laughing, someone sticking their tongue out, throwing of leaves, etc. There are so many beautiful shots that come from randomness, so get out of your box and welcome creativity.
6. The surroundings – Old vintage settings with weeds, old rusted building, and vintage props usually get the best pictures. You want to stay away from things like a new car, inside photos, wires, telephone poles, and other non vintage props.
7. Photo editing – Using photo editing software like Light room (Mac/Pc) or Averture (Mac) will also play a big role in editing your pictures. They can save poorly lit pictures, and make good pictures great.