It’s understandable for hobbyist or professional photographers to invest in top-of-the-line camera equipment. But should parents—who really will be taking just pictures of their family—spring for the cost of even a starting level DLSR camera? Here are some benefits that can help parents decide if it’s worth it for them. [Read more…]
I hate the camera, since I don’t think I’m photogenic. But if there’s anything America’s Next Top Model taught me (see those reality shows are helpful!) it’s that a good photo depends on so much more than a pretty face. Just knowing how to pose and what angle flatters you most makes a huge difference. Here are some useful tips.
First of all, know where to look. Focsu your eyes a little above the lens of the camera. Then, slightly move your face forward but keep your chin down. If you have a double chin have the camera slightly above your face so you’re looking up, which will make you look thin.
For a relaxed smile, place your tongue behind your teeth. It’s a weird tip but it works, many models tell me. So you don’t look ‘fake’ close your eyes just before the photo is taken, think of a happy memory, and then open your eyes. You’ll feel happier and your photo will show it!
You don’t have to put your hand on your waist, a post that reminds me of beauty pageants. But don’t keep your arms glued stiffly to your side. Give your arms a good shake and let them hang loosely from your body. Plus, a little space between your waist and your arms will help you look thinner.
You can also borrow this trick from models. Twist your body so that it’s three quarters to the camera. One shoulder should be closer to the photographer, and if you’re standing, one foot is in front of the other. A fully frontal pose can make you look fat. (Get other great posing tips from this video.)
Maintain good posture, with your shoulders back and your spine held straight.
photo from cosmopolitan.com
How to take great food photos with a point-and-shoot
Many of like posting photos of our restaurant adventures in Facebook. We’re not professionals—and we certainly don’t plan on buying expensive equipment! And even if we do have an awesome SLR and lens kit, we won’t always lug it around, especially if we’re just planning to have dinner out with friends.
But we can still take great food photos even with a point-and-shoot camera or even the camera in our phones. Here are some tips. [Read more…]
All of my attempts to take good photos of my pets end up in disaster. He either gets shocked by the flash (and freezes or runs away) or his eyes have a weird red or green reflection. It’s very frustrating, and I’m sure many other pet owners feel the same way. How can we show off our pet’s adorable antics, or his shiny fur, when every photo we have looks this horrible? I asked a professional photographer for tips, and here’s what he said. [Read more…]
We’ve heard this again and again from many brides: ‘Get the best wedding photographer you can afford.’ If you’ve got a limited budget, then save on wedding invitations or flower arrangements—these details aren’t absolutely crucial to the experience. But years from now, your wedding photos will be your most cherished keepsakes, and you want someone with the experience and skill to capture those beautiful memories for you. Here are tips on how to choose the best wedding photographer for your budget. [Read more…]