How To Take Better Photos Of Your Kids | 20 Day Photography Bootcamp For Moms (or Dads) | Day 18
What is it?
Welcome to RKP’s ’20 Day Photography Bootcamp for Moms’! What this is, is a 20 day blog series dedicated to teaching and challenging parents to take better photos of their kids! You will learn some basic lighting skills, natural posing for various ages, some ideas for lifestyle photos, as well as some other basic photography tips that will help bring your pictures up a notch! The best part? ANYONE can participate! Even if all you have is a cellphone! (Some lighting lessons will be tricky with a cell phone since you can’t adjust settings.) Each day I will share a tip or lesson with a photo challenge. You can then share your results in the Facebook group ‘RKPs 20 Day Photography Bootcamp for Moms (or Dads)’, on instagram with the hashtag #rkpbootcamp, or keep them to yourselfs! You can follow along day by day or take it at your own pace. You can skip days as well. There’s no rules, it’s your life. Haha.
*Note: I won’t be covering editing but theres lots of free options out there if you want to play around with that on your own. 🙂 If you really want to go all out, I’m a big fan of Lightroom!
If you DO have a DSLR (aka “fancy”) camera, I highly recommend checking out my mini guide, Control Your Camera!
In case you missed it…
Day 18 | Shoot Oudoors | Silhouettes
I’m betting some of you are pretty excited about this one! Silhouettes are very artistic and most people seem to love these shots! Lucky for you, they aren’t really that difficult! It’s two things really: Backlighting, like we learned in Day 17, and knowing how to set your camera. To understand the 3 settings used to shoot on ‘Manual’, you’ll want to check out my Mini Guide! (Above). Silhouettes are all about adjusting those settings. You simply want less light to enter your camera, so all you see is the actual light source. You can create silhouettes with other light sources, but we’ll focus on a sunset! My settings are included with my photo below. Feel free to start there and play around until you get the look you want!
So to start, you’ll need a location where you can actually see the sun setting. Then you have a precious few minutes where it’s going down to grab your shots! If the sun is still too high, you can still create a silhouette, but it probably won’t have as much color. And once the sun is gone, you might still get some color, but not the glowy sun. Now, position your subject between yourself and the sunset. Note that anything below the horizon line from your perspective will be dark, so it helps to get down low so more of your subject is viewable in front of sky. Next, you’ll want an interesting pose since you won’t see facial expressions. It’s all about the outline. Get creative! Then, adjust your camera settings until you like how it looks, and shoot away!
Try creating a silhouette shot and share your favorite one! Have fun!
My camera settings for the shot below were: ISO 100, F/1.8, SS 1/1250 I then brought down the exposure even more in Lightroom!
On That Note…
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Who is Robin K Photography?
I’m Robin, a wife and mom who specializes in wedding photography in the Barrhead and Edmonton area.
As a mom, I have a soft spot for photos of children and decided to do a blog series to help other moms take better photos of their own kids.
I hope you enjoy this blog series!
Are you engaged?
If you’re recently engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! My style is fun, natural, and bright as you can see in my portfolio HERE. Get in CONTACT for more information! 🙂