Digital Photography Tips for Parents
Avoid Common Mistakes
According to Ratcliff, some of the most common mistakes people make when taking pictures involve shooting in the wrong lighting conditions.
Low-light conditions often create blurry images because the photographer moves while the shutter is open. He suggests using a tripod or a fill-flash to compensate for poor lighting.
Too much light in the background of a shot can make the foreground dark or cause so much contrast that the scene is not properly exposed. Ratcliff suggests taking outdoor family photos early or late in the day, when the light is soft.
“The best thing to do when shooting outdoors is to make sure your subject’s back is to the sun, then use a fill-flash to fill in the shadows. That way, your subject is not squinting.”
Shrink to Share!
Of course, one of the greatest things about the age of digital media is the ability that this format gives you to share images instantly with friends and relatives around the corner or across the country. But Ratcliff says that one of the most common errors people make when transmitting digital images via email is forgetting to resize the photographs and to convert the image file into a commonly recognizable format.
“Some of the cameras capture images in a default format, and if the person you’re sending the image to doesn’t have the proper software to read it, they won’t even be able to open it,” Ratcliff says. “It’s generally best to convert the image to a jpeg file and size it down to about four-by-five inches. That way, it will transmit quickly and will be able to be viewed by just about anybody,” he says.
With the demands of raising a family, it’s not always easy to keep up-to-date and technically savvy about all things digital. It seems no sooner do we start feeling confident with one piece of equipment than something new and much more wonderful comes along to replace it.
Still, the digital age has given this photography-challenged mom the freedom to keep shooting, knowing that somewhere on that memory card, between the picture of my thumb and the blurry one of the inside of my purse, somewhere beside all the images that no one will ever make fun of because I can make them disappear with the push of a button, somewhere on that card of a hundred or so photos, is the perfect shot!
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