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).
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
all content and images © Gina Yeo Photography, 2019