(photo by Heidi )
When the spring sunshine arrives, I can’t wait to spend time outdoors! I’m sure your family feels the same. While you’re out and about enjoying the activities this month, be sure to record these playful moments on camera. I’ve included some ideas for making the photos a little more creative as well. Enjoy the creativity they let you practice as you enhance your camera skills.
1. Swinging at a park. Rather than take a photo in front of your swinging child, lie on the ground just to the side of her swinging range (near the swing next to her), then snap a photo at her highest peak on the backward swing—the sky will be a brilliant blue behind her.
2. Playing on the monkey bars. Be daring—climb on top of the monkey bars and shoot your photo from above the monkey bars looking down. Or, stand at the opposite end of the monkey bars from where your child enters, and capture some of the bars in front of your child; this photo approach utilizes the idea of foreshortening (the monkey bars will appear larger and your child will appear smaller since he is nearer the vanishing point of the parallel lines created by the monkey bars).
3. Enjoying a water fight. Get the look of water squirting from a hose (or water gun) without risking damage to your camera if it gets wet. Simply step indoors, stand behind a glass door or window (preferably without any paneling) and have your child aim the hose at the door. Having to clean or dry the window will be worth the great photo (and the fun your child has while you take it). Then you can set your camera aside and head back outside to join the fun while knowing that you already have a great photo.
4. Playing in the sun. If you’re basking in the sunshine outdoors, add a fun twist to your photography by giving your child a pair of sunglasses to wear. The large smiles she’ll display while wearing her hip shades will result in fun photos that will always bring a smile to your face. It’s a simple trick that produces great results.
5. Flying a kite. Stand directly behind your child while he flies a kite. Look up at the kite from the height and angle that your child does. Capture a little bit of his head in the bottom corner of the photo, then let the kite fly up to the opposite corner of your photo.
6. Savoring a Popsicle. Set your camera on Portrait mode (look for the icon with a face). Have your child hold the Popsicle in front of her—as far as her arms reach. Let the camera focus on the Popsicle while your child’s face blurs slightly in the background—this technique will create a nice depth of field in your photo.
Tip: This technique also works well for photographing a child holding a spring flower instead of a Popsicle.
7. Spinning on a merry-go-round. To capture the speed and excitement of a merry-go-round, hop on the merry-go-round with your child. Brace yourself so you’ll be stable when...