The Photographer's Notebook

 

 

A LEARNING BLOG WITH PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

FOR THE MOM AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello Snow! How to Photograph Beautiful images in Snow

If there's one thing I know a lot about, it is snow! Living in Canada, we can see snow twelve months of the year. Usually, though, we're snow-free for about four or five. Photographing in the snow isn't always easy. You're dressed up in bulky winter clothing, trying to manage your equipment and change your settings with cold fingers while getting pelted in the face with swirling snowflakes...this supposed to be fun, right? Well, indeed, it is! Snow is absolutely magical, and you can capture beautiful images in the snow! Below are a few technical tips to help you make the most out of your snowy photographs this winter. Get ready to bundle up and enjoy the fresh, crisp, beautiful air and snow-filled scenes that winter brings. 

1. Thoughtfully set your exposure

Snow is often very bright, which is actually a great feature because it can act as a natural reflector and bounce pretty light up and onto your subject. However, because it's so bright, it can be easy to...

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How to Find Creative Light Inside your Home

The chilly days of late fall are here. Quite frankly, though, it's feeling a lot like winter. We've lost an hour of daylight and the dark days associated with the winter months are here. I rarely lack inspiration during the summer when light is plentiful, and I’m usually immersed outdoors in nature. However, the move indoors can sometimes leave me feeling uninspired with shorter days and colder weather. To keep from falling into a rut, I make an effort to look for opportunities to capture creative light inside my home. Today, I want to share some tips about places to look for creative light inside your home so that you can remain inspired to pick up your camera even in the darkest and coldest of days. 

1. Window coverings

Slat blinds and lacy drapery can provide beautiful patterned light when it filters from the outdoors inside your home. Lines and repetition of shape as light is diffused through window coverings can infuse creativity into...

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3 Must Capture Childhood Images this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching! There are a ton of fun activities and traditions around my home that we like to participate in. Witches brew, spooky cookies dripping with icing, pumpkin carving, and more are all on our list of must enjoy Halloween moments. Halloween will look different this year living amidst a health pandemic, but we still have many fun family activities planned. I always make sure my camera is close at hand to capture all the spooky seasonal fun. Here are some of my must capture Halloween images:

1. Halloween traditions

It's time for pumpkin carving, which is one of our Halloween must-do traditions. This year I picked up mini pumpkins, and they are the absolute perfect size for a project my children can tackle on their own! My children are at an age where they dive into that ooey-gooey pumpkin mess and carve up their own jack o’ lantern. At the same time, I can stand back with my camera photographing their expressions from different angles and...

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How to Capture Stunning Images of your Children this Fall Season

Although short, the fall season is undeniably one of the most beautiful outdoor seasons of them all. The colours and show nature puts on infuses warm beauty into frames. There are several ways photographers can capture the best of the best during fall, capturing our children's moments while photographing precious memories. Below are a few ideas on how you can set yourself up to capture stunning images of your children this fall season.   

1. Shoot during peak colour

The shift from golden trees to fallen leaves happens in a blink of an eye. A simple gust of wind can blow away leaves within minutes, leaving branches bare, or an early snowstorm can freeze fall in her tracks. Once the colour begins, keep a very close watch on nature.  Be on the lookout for peak colours, then run outdoors and devour nature's stunning display before fall comes to an end. Images during the peak of fall colour can result in stunning fall captures.  

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4 Memories to Photograph this Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. To all my fellow Canadians, I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.  For my friends worldwide not celebrating Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend, you can tuck away the information below for when your celebrations arrive. 

I know you'll agree with me that this year has been unusual in many ways. Change and stressors have been great in many homes around the world. However, amidst the COVID-19 heath pandemic, I have observed more family time, stronger relationships, an improved appreciation of others, and resiliency like I've never seen before. Despite the challenges this year has brought, I have much to be thankful for. I plan on enjoying a quiet Thanksgiving with my family, focusing on what is most important to us and the little people growing up before my eyes.

Whether you are celebrating this weekend or another time, I think you should take the time to photograph your important...

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How to Capture More Interesting Photos

Photography is a powerful tool, and each photographer should aim to capture images uniquely that are in alignment with her style and voice. The mom photographer in me wants to capture images in which I preserve childhood moments of my rapidly growing children frame by frame. At the same time, the artist part of me wishes to capture dynamically creative images filled with visual interest. More simply put, I want the combination of why I capture images and how I photograph the moments I choose to preserve to be interesting.

There are many different ways in which a photographer can interestingly capture everyday moments. Today, I am sharing a few tried and true methods for infusing more interest in photographs.

1. Infuse a story 

Humans relate to stories. Life is a beautiful story of ups and downs and joys and pains, and visual stories displaying these moments can be captivating. The better you get at telling a story within your images, the more interesting...

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How to infuse Creativity into your Photographs when Light is not Ideal

Life happens, and it should, at all hours of the day. Many beautiful moments in my life occur outside of perfect lighting conditions. Yes, I do have my favourite types of light, but I've come to embrace all kinds and see value in learning and then working with light outside of the ideal. One of my goals as a photographer is to document the childhood memories of my children but infuse creativity into those images as well. Lighting conditions outside of the ideal have helped me learn more about how to work with less than ideal lighting conditions and embrace creativity. It is possible to take creative images in less than ideal lighting situations.  

 1. Create a sunburst

Full sun can be intimidating. There are bright overpowering highlights and deep dark shadows to manage. It is, however, possible to beautifully photograph your memories in full sun. One of my favourite ways in which to infuse creativity into my images when the sun...

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4 Fun Ways to Incorporate Water into your Summer images

Water is one of my favourite elements to infuse into summer images with my children. These types of photos are always fun to capture. I adore the laughter and childhood memories that are made in water. 

Before I share with you my favourite ways in which you can experiment with water in your images, I must mention how you can protect your camera gear from contact with water. The electrical components in a camera do not play well with the splish-splash of water droplets or submersion. For less intense water photographs, I use a rain sleeve to cover my gear. You may also choose to cover your lens with a Ziploc or clear plastic bag for protection from the occasional water drop. For split submersion or submersion water photographs, I use a DiCAPac. I don't spend a lot of time fully submerged in water because the bodies of water I have access to are icy, so a quick dip is about all I can stand. I find the DiCAPac works well for what I need for it to do. Many photographers...

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How to Capture Beautiful Sun Flare

Sun flare or, more technically, lens flare can be a beautiful phenomenon in photography. The type of light that creates flare is drool-worthy and almost every photographer I know becomes a little giddy around this type of light. Lens flare occurs when certain types of light enter into a camera lens and bounce around scattering and refracting. The scattering and refracting results in creative haze and artifacts (colourful geometric shapes) that show up in an image's exposure. Lens flare is an effect that many photographers love, as it infuses beautiful creative light into an image. I've put together a few tips for you specific to how you can capture images with beautiful sun flare.  

1. Backlight 

If you are looking to infuse your image with sun-drenched haze and geometric flare artifacts, then you will want to backlight your subject. Backlight occurs when light placement is behind your subject. You will be shooting directly into the light. When you...

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How to Capture the Perfect Swing Image

The days are now noticeably longer, and spring is definitely in the air. That means a lot more outdoor playtime. I know that makes me, my children and our puppy very happy. With more time spent outdoors, there's bound to be trips to the park. I don't know about you, but my favourite piece of equipment at any park is the swing. I still like to hop on pushing myself up high into the sky. Oh, what a joyous feeling that is! These moments of flight are always freeing. I'm sure you agree. My children adore a swing too, even my teenager, and over the years, I've had lots of practice photographing my children on swings. I love the movement and laughter in every swing shot. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on how to go about capturing the perfect swing image. 

1. Use a fast shutter speed

Swings are in motion, and it's vital that you choose a fast shutter speed, or your joyful little subject is going to be a blurry mess in camera. Of course, your shutter speed will...

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