6 Tips to Capture Everyday Moments without the Overwhelm

ISO 400, 105mm, 3.2f, 1/2000

ISO 400, 105mm, 3.2f, 1/2000

Thank You!

Before I dive into sharing the photography tips I have for you, I want to thank each and every one of you for being here! This is my first blog post on The Photographer’s Notebook! Very exciting! I’m honoured and grateful that you’ve chosen to allow me to guide you in your photography journey!

Now let’s get to it! 

We are all busy. Our days are filled with routine and obligation. There isn’t much downtime. How in the world do we find that extra time we’ll need to capture those everyday moments before they pass us by?

It really isn’t that tough. I promise! Here are a few quick tips for you to use when you go about capturing your meaningful everyday moments.

1. Keep your camera in an accessible location

I like to ensure my camera is safe but visible. This keeps my camera easily accessible but also reminds me to pick up my camera and capture something in my everyday. I also like to have user friendly exposure triangle settings ready in my camera. This way I’m less likely to miss a moment. My user friendly settings for my camera inside my home are usually ISO 1000, SS (shutter speed) 250, f (aperture) 2.8 with a WB (white balance) of 5250 K (kelvin).

ISO 200, 35mm, 2.0f, 1/320ss

ISO 200, 35mm, 2.0f, 1/320ss

2. Keep a log with moments you want to capture

I love my photographer’s notebooks! I have quite a few. I am constantly jotting down notes, ideas and inspiration that come to me about how and what everyday moment I want to capture. If I’m feeling stuck or uninspired I take a quick look at my notes which are bound to motivate me to pick up my camera!

ISO 1600, 35mm, 2.2f, 1/320ss

ISO 1600, 35mm, 2.2f, 1/320ss

3. Schedule in an appointment with your camera

This might seem a little silly but trust me it works! You wouldn’t miss an appointment, right? Scheduling in a date with your camera prioritizes photography. It doesn’t need to be a long date. Short and sweet works. Try 10 minutes to start. Capture that simple everyday moment that you’ve been meaning to!

ISO 1250, 35mm, 2.8f, 1/160ss

ISO 1250, 35mm, 2.8f, 1/160ss

4. Bring your camera with you when you leave your house

My camera is not small. I find if I’ve made the effort to shove my camera into my purse and take it out of my house with me then I’m going to make the effort to use it. I enjoy nature. Being outside is invigorating so we go on a lot of nature walks. My camera is always by my side. My children have fun playing and I capture them doing just that. Wonderful, memorable, childhood, everyday moments preserved! Yes! Put it in the win column!

ISO 320, 125mm, 4f, 1/1600ss

ISO 320, 125mm, 4f, 1/1600ss

5. Change your perspective

This tip is fantastic for making the most out of a single photo shoot. Varying perspective to your subject will get you a ton of unique looks. A few ideas to try here:

  • Side light your subject

  • Front light your subject

  • Backlight your subject

  • Capture your subject from above

  • Capture your subject when looking up at him or her

  • Capture a close up of your subject

  • Capture your subject from far away

  • Capture precious details like eyelashes

ISO 500, Freelensed, 1/1000

ISO 500, Freelensed, 1/1000

6. Give yourself some grace

You do not need to be super human. There are days when picking up the camera is just not possible and that’s okay. Try again tomorrow.

ISO 400, 105mm, 3.2f, 1/800ss

ISO 400, 105mm, 3.2f, 1/800ss

all content and images © Gina Yeo Photography, 2019