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Bring Back the Memories!

14 Jul

Photos are a great way to share your travels with family and friends! Before you start snapping away, take a moment to read the below tips.

Night image of rescue boats from suite balcony on a cruise ship

An interesting night shot of rescue boats taken from the balcony suite of a cruise ship

Tip #1: Plan ahead! Make sure your camera is in good working order before you go, and pack plenty of batteries! You’re going to want to be able to take pictures of everything interesting or beautiful you see, so remember to bring plenty of film/memory cards. And most importantly, plan to have your camera easily accessible! A water and shock resistant case is recommended, but a padded, insulated lunch container works wonderfully as well, and is much less likely to be stolen than a fancy camera bag!

Tip #2: Get in Close! When taking pictures of people, don’t make the mistake of standing too far away. Get close so you can see the expressions on your subjects faces! Zoom in on individuals or capture them from the waist up (also called a 3/4 shot). When photographing individuals against a grand landscape, take some pictures from far away and some up close as well!

Tip #3: Capture the Essence! Everyone loves panoramic scenes and major landmarks, so you’ll definitely want plenty of those. But try to capture the simplicity of the location as well. Try snapping a photo of a brightly colored flower box hanging from the shuttered window of an old Colonial, or the old mailbox at the end of a long, dusty driveway. Chances are it will be more compelling than if you shot the complete scene, like the entire house, lawn, driveway, etc. Focus on the details and you’ll capture the true essence of the location!

Tip #4: Tell a story! Let your pictures tell a story by creating a visual diary of your trip. Include street scenes, interesting signs, menus, and people you see along the way. Don’t be afraid to use an interesting angle rather than simply head-on shots only. Pictures are often more interesting when you can catch people in candid, un-posed moments, so keep your camera handy and let the camera tell your story!

Have a great trip… and don’t forget to make extra copies of your great pictures to share!

Moms Can Shoot Photography Classes

29 May

Mom, most of the images of your child are taken by you.  You want to look back at your photos and remember the fun, the laughs, the love you felt that day instead of wishing your composition looked better, your exposure was cleaner and remembering the frustration of trying to capture the shot.  Or worse – you missed the shot because the image is blurry or over exposed.

A Mom’s Can Shoot private individual or group class will help you capture the images you will be proud to display at your baby’s Senior Graduation party!  Schedule a class with a group of friends for a mom’s night out at a friend’s house or a day of learning while the kids are at school.

We’ll cover:
-10 Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids
-Introduction to Exposure
-Shutter Speed
-Training Wheels
-Using your Camera’s Basic Settings
-Lens Overview

The group class is $100 per person with a minimum of three participants.  The class lasts for 3 hours for 3-5 moms, and can be extended to 4 hours for 6-8 moms (to allot for extra time to answer questions that may come up for a larger group size).

Each mom receives a handout, print supplier information and a list of fun and interesting locations to shoot in the Houston area.

This class can be modified to appeal to dads, teens and children.

traci-marie Photography is also available to speak at mom group meetings.

Contact me for additional details.  I look forward to hearing from all of you moms and Happy Shooting!