When I was at Photoshop World in Las Vegas last week (sick of hearing about that yet?) I picked up Scott Kelby’s book “The Digital Photography Book” (about $20) and read the better part of it on the way home on the airplane.
I really like this book because each page is its own little photography tip or trick. It is written in Kelby’s signature not too technical, not too much information, not too serious style and is geared for people like me who are not too technical, not too serious and can’t handle too much information at any one time.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you my favorite tip from the book thus far (I’m only half way through) and one I think every mom with a camera of any kind needs to know.
Oddly enough the tip comes from the section on wedding photography (p.45), but here it is:
You have the subject close their eyes. Tell them to open their eyes on the count of three. A split second after you say “Open!” you snap the picture. Works like a charm because you avoid that artificial/strained/oddly surprised look people get when you order them to look into the camera and say cheese.
Here’s one I took of Sean using this technique. It’s not an especially good photo, but I think it captures his eyes nicely and naturally. I’ve tried it on several other people and the results have been consistently good. If you try it, link back here so I can see the results.
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