You don’t have to visit a professional photographer to create a family photo to include with your holiday cards. Today’s digital cameras and smartphones make it easy to have your own photo shoot. To help you get your picture perfect shot here are five tips from the experts at Kodak:
1. Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person’s eye level. For children, that means stooping to their level.
2. A plain background shows off the subject you are photographing. When you look through the camera viewfinder, force yourself to study the area surrounding your subject.
3. Take a step or two closer before taking the picture and zoom in on your subject. Your goal is to fill the picture area with the subject you are photographing. Up close you can reveal telling details, like a sprinkle of freckles or an arched eyebrow.
4. Next to the subject, the most important part of every picture is the light. It affects the appearance of everything you photograph. Don’t like the light on your subject? Then move yourself or your subject. For landscapes, try to take pictures early or late in the day when the light is orangish and rakes across the land.
5. Become a picture director, not just a passive picture-taker. A picture director takes charge. A picture director picks the location and adds props. Take charge of your pictures and win your own best picture awards.