6 Tips to Capture Everyday Moments without the Overwhelm

 

We are all busy. Our days are filled with routine and obligation. I know that there isn’t much downtime. So how is it possible to find the time to photograph those everyday moments when you're so busy? It's not all that challenging! Incorporating photography into your daily is pretty easy to do. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:

1. Keep your camera in an accessible location

I like to ensure my camera is visible. Keeping my camera in a safe and visible location reminds me to pick it up and capture something every single day. I also like to have user-friendly exposure triangle settings ready in my camera. This way, I’m less likely to miss a moment as it unfolds before me.

ISO 200, 35mm, f2.0, 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 moments 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, f2.2, 1/320ss

3. Schedule an appointment with your camera

This might seem a little silly, but trust me, it works! You wouldn’t miss an appointment, right? Scheduling 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 meant to!

 ISO 1250, 35mm, f2.8, 1/160ss

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

My camera is not small. I find if I’ve made an effort to shove my camera into my purse and take it out of my house with me, then I’m going to make an 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, f4, 1/1600ss

5. Change your perspective

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

  • Sidelight 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, 50mm, Freelensed, 1/1000SS

6. Give yourself some grace

You do not need to be superhuman. 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

There's no finish line in photography. Photography is a journey, and it's ever-evolving. Remember to go at your place and enjoy the moments of learning and beauty along the way. 

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