The Family Camera: Start Creating
For this journey to be enjoyable and sustainable as a family, I would like you to start really simply, by not putting pressure on yourself to take ‘amazing’ photos straight away, but to remember that you are building a foundation for your camera to become familiar within your everyday family life. And anyway, when you look back in years to come, these photos that you snap in these moments, may just become the most amazing ones you ever took
When considering taking photographs, think about what feeling you would like to create. This will help you to look at the light (another post coming soon), your camera angles and what emotions you want to capture rather than simply documenting an activity that is happening.
Start by taking photos at home, in a space you would use a lot (especially at the moment) and in places the whole family feels most comfortable to get involved.
If we start indoors then everyone, no matter where you are in the world, should be able to get involved, as we don’t all have gardens or access to outdoor space. It also means it doesn’t matter if it’s raining, which it currently is here in the UK, after weeks of sun I must add.
A little note before we start…
When you talk about your camera and the photos you take, it’s important to be positive, find good things to say and don’t turn your nose up at those self portraits that may not quite look the way you want them too.
Encourage others to take photos and have their photo taken by talking in an positive way. They will be reluctant to join in if they think it’s difficult to create a good photo or embarrassing to have their photo made.
Begin with Simple Portraits
To get us enjoying our cameras, lets start with a really easy place to get some lovely photographs.
Set yourself up, indoors, by a window. The larger the better but if your windows are small then just get up nice and close if you can. Turn off any indoor lights.
Sit so the window is either
- behind you (with natural light illuminating the person/people you are photographing) or
- to your side (with the person to be photographed sitting opposite you, also next to the window).
Use the space to do some of your usual daily activities or sit and have a snack (if what you have are constantly hungry toddlers), a cuppa (if your company is past the constant snack stage!) or simply a conversation.
For now, pop the camera on whatever setting you are most comfortable with (I will offer some more setting change opportunities in later posts) and simply take some photos. If you are short of light, like today in the UK, then a rested poser might be better for the camera, if you are using it on auto. If you are using manual and would like some ideas for settings then head to instagram @karenlouisegeorge and pop me a message, I would be more than happy to help you get set up where you are.
Don’t worry about getting perfect pictures, at this stage we are still building up familiarity (see previous post) and concentrating on how to use the light available to us (next post coming soon).
If there are any points you would like me to add to this post then let me know!
Come and share your photos with me on instagram @karenlouisegeorge and feel free to ask me any questions there too!
All the photos in this post, I took using natural light to illuminate the faces of those I was photographing. I switched off all indoor lighting (bar the miffy light!) so the window was the only source of light.