Monday, March 17, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Easter Photography

Enjoy this week's Photo Tip of the Week from Russ Burden. Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for his most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital
Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

The above photo was taken by Russ Burden, and his comments follow as well.

"Easter is a great time for photography. Not only does it present
wonderful photographic opportunities with kids dressed in pastels,
adorable faces adorned in bonnets, and expressions of wonderment as
surprises in Easter eggs are revealed, it also coincides with the
time many photographers dust off their cameras from winter
hibernation. With this in mind, take your SLR’s and point and shoots
out of the closet and use the following tips to capture great egg
hunt photos.

CAPTURE THE ENVIRONMENT: Great photography doesn’t have to be
restricted to cramming everything into one image. Often a series of
pictures has more impact. When making pictures of your kids chasing
down Easter eggs, an important shot to have is the overall
environment. This allows the viewer to see the vast area in which the
hunt occurs and establishes a size relationship between the young
child and his locale.

MOVE IN CLOSE: Once you’ve captured the environmental shot, make
sure you get one that shows your kids reaping the rewards of the eggs
they’ve found. If the lighting is contrasty, use fill flash to open
up the shadows. If you don’t have a flash, use a shaded area to
soften the light. The overhang of a tree or side of a building or
house work well.

MAKE A CONNECTION: There are many symbols of Easter, but the most
obvious is the Easter bunny. Always include some images of your
children that connect the symbols of Easter to them. Grab an image
that shows the enjoyment on your kid’s faces."

To learn more about this subject, join Russ on one of his photo tours.
Please visit his website to get more information.

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