Things you need to know if you're new to photography

5 things you need to know if you’re new to photography

Have you made a promise to yourself that this will be the year you actually learn how to use your camera?

If the answer’s yes, then you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things you think you need to learn to be able to finally take your settings off ‘auto’ and get the kinds of photos you want.  Before you jump in to learning all the technical and creative parts of photography, there are some other little things that I think everyone who is new to photography should know, to help ease you along your journey.

 

1.  Enjoy the process

I remember how long it took me to really get my head around the technical side of photography.  It felt so hard to put it all together and make sense of it all, so instead of stressing out about it I took my time.

I actually did a distance learning course in the end, and did it over quite a long stretch of time.  Taking the time to really understand it all made the whole process easier, and more enjoyable, for me.

So don’t feel you need to learn it all at once.  Try and enjoy the process of learning, and seeing your photos improve over time.  See the thing is, like with most things, there is always more to learn with photography.  You’ll always be striving to improve your work, to be more creative, to learn new techniques.  So just try and have fun with it and let yourself be a beginner.

 

2. Black and white covers a multitude of sins

No matter how long you’ve been taking photos, you’ll always end up with some situations where the pictures you take just aren’t quite right.

They might be a bit blurry, or blown out with bright highlights.  It might be that the place you’re shooting in is really cluttered, with loads of distractions in the background.  In these, and lots of other, situations black and white can be your best friend.

Converting the image to black and white either in photoshop/lightroom, a free site like Canva, or in-camera if you have that option is generally quick and easy to do and can transform photos that you might delete into real keepers.

 

3. Take time to learn the rules, so you know which ones to break

There are quite a few ‘rules’ of photography, mostly related to composition and lighting.  Things like the rule of thirds, filling the frame and not cutting off limbs when you photograph people.  They’re all really important to learn, know and practice.

Then once you’ve got them all mastered, you can start to intentionally break them to tell more of a story and get more creative with your photos.

 

4. Learn your settings and get things right in camera

Take your time to really get to know your camera and its settings so you can get things right at the time of taking the photo, rather than ‘fixing’ images in photoshop afterwards.

Now, we all make mistakes and have photos that need to be saved and editing software is a brilliant tool for this.  It’s also great to be able to tweak images the same way people have always done in darkrooms.

But try not to rely on post processing.  Make it your aim to get the image to look the way you want it to look, as best you can anyway, at the time of taking the photo.

 

5. Take it all one step at a time

I know I’m basically repeating myself here but it’s so important.

There is so much to learn with photography.  It’s so easy to look at other people’s photographs and think you’ll never be able to take any as good as theirs.

Just remember that everyone was a beginner once.  No one picks up a camera and takes an amazing shot, using manual settings, on their first try.

Take it all one step at a time.  Practice each thing you learn until it becomes second nature.

And enjoy the process!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

We’ve come to the end of November, and it’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

I love this photo of Laura and her girls, and hope they’re all feeling well again!

 

Next up is this lovely photo of Lucy from Mrs H’s favourite things.

Lucy is such a beautiful person and I really love the message she’s shared in this caption about taking time to really look at ourselves and appreciate our own beauty, rather than always looking out for our perceived flaws.

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*BEAUTIFUL* _______ I've always struggled with the way I look. As a teenager, I was convinced that I was ugly. And even remember, a "best friend" ranking all our girl friends in order of looks. I came last. She even ranked herself higher than me. It wasn't great for helping the way I saw myself. _______ But gradually over the years the way I see myself has changed. Being over 40 has really helped me see myself differently. I've learned to look for the beauty and see myself as beautiful. _______ Sure, I still think my nose is too big (I will never get over that one). But I can now see the beauty in my face. I have lovely eyes and I have always loved my hair. _______ Even now saying this I feel like I am being egotistical. But it is not that. It is just seeing the beauty in my face and it is an important exercise to do. _______ So next time you look at yourself in the mirror. Really look at yourself. See the things about yourself that are beautiful and be grateful for them. Because you are beautiful. You just need to see yourself as I see you. _______ #ig_bbcc #ukparentbloggers #parentblogs #ohheymama #uniteinmotherhood #bodypositive #bodypositivity #beinthepicture #showyouwerethere #spooniesister #bemorewitwitwoo #mentalhealthspoonie #mama_pals #uniteinmotherhood #honestmotherhood #ohmama #ohmamamoment #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #mentalhealthmatters #mumlife #motherhoodalive #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalmutha #sharewithnoshame #spooniewarrior #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #thespooniesisterhood #mentalhealth

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My third pick this time is from Laura at Laura’s lovely blog.

This is such a lovely photo of Laura, and a lovely reminder in the caption that it’s ok to have hard days as parents, especially at this time of year when everyone seems to be falling ill.

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Well, first of all let me tell you that I don't look like this today. Today has been not been the best of days, after being in denial all week I finally got to the doctors and have been diagnosed with an acute UTI. This is my 3rd in 5 months which also means I am going to need some tests to find out why. But it all went a bit wrong with the prescription getting sent to the wrong place and me not being able to get it. The doctor's surgery then being closed and having to call 111 in the end to get them to sort out my prescription for me. Which I have just noticed is still wrong, but it's enough to get me started tonight, as I really don't want the infection traveling up to my kidneys. Fingers crossed. ⁠ ⁠ This combined with Bo being ill last week is making me feel like I am falling behind on life. I have a to-do list as long as my arm and all I really want to do is curl up on the sofa. This is the part of motherhood I never really appreciated until I had children, that no matter how poorly you are, you often still have to keep going and look after children. I so miss the days when I could just call in sick and have a much needed duvet day. ⁠ ⁠ Thankfully my husband is home this evening after a night away on business. So he's here to help and tomorrow is a new day. But I do think it's ok to admit sometimes that today, today was hard. Because motherhood it can be hard and it doesn't make you a failure to admit it. ⁠ ⁠ #thisparentlife #lifeupclose #parentsinthepicture #motherhood #thismamloves #mumsthatslay #coolmumsclub #ukparentbloggers #mumlife #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #littlestoriesofmylife #odcumentyourdays #oureverydaymoments #documentyourday

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My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

This is such a joyful family photo, taken by Beth Moseley.  I would absolutely be framing this one if I were Jules!

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📷 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Special Family Moments {AD} 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 📷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you ever manage to get decent photos of yourself with your children? I know I don’t! My phone is full of pretty terrible selfies with the girls. So, I thought it was time for another family photo shoot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had such a wonderful time with @bethmoseleyphotography during half term, and now that I’ve FINALLY chosen the images I want to keep (there were so many brilliant ones it was almost impossible to narrow them down!), I’ve written a blog post all about our experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AND Beth is offering 30% off her longer family packages for Pondering Parenthood readers, so if you’re local to Norwich and are looking for a fantastic local photographer, then do pop over to ponderingparenthood dot com and have a read of my review (or you can follow the link in my profile!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 photo by the fabulous @bethmoseleyphotography. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #Norfolk #norfolkfamilyphotographer #norwich #norwichplantationgardens #plantationgardens #plantationgardensnorwich #familyphotographer #mama_pals #stylintinyhumans #dresskids_likekids #whatmykidwore #ootdkids #dressthemlittle #whatthecoolkidswear #whatthekidswore #norwichfamilyphotographer #familyshoot

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

I had the camera out with us on our walk in Clyne Woods yesterday, to take our family photos for the me and mine project.  So I made a point of handing it over to Steve at one point for him to take a few photos of me.

I always love the photos that he takes of me, mainly because he knows just how to make me laugh and then smile naturally as he snaps away!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

Photograph your family's winter outdoor adventures

How to capture your family’s outdoor adventures this winter

We live near the beach here in Swansea, and I absolutely love going down there for walks all year round.

Sometimes I think I actually prefer it in the colder months, when it’s that bit more wild and much quieter.  The children love it too, with the freedom to run around and the fun of looking out for treasure brought in on the tides.

If you love to get out on adventures with your family in winter, but find you don’t take as many photos when you’re out this time of year, then hopefully these tips will get you capturing a few more of those chilly trips out.

 

Have a plan

If you’re going out and about to somewhere you’ve been to before, have a think before you go about the photos you’d like to take.

This way you can get yourself in position when you get there.  Then you can quickly get the photo you want and get on with enjoying the time with your family.

Having a plan and knowing the kinds of photos you want to take will also stop you shooting haphazardly and having to sort through hundreds of pictures when you get home.

 

Work quickly

Chances are your children won’t want to be out for quite as long in the cold weather, so take the photos you want to take as quickly as possible.

If you’ve followed the first tip then you’ll have an idea of the photos you want to take.  Stick to your plan, work quickly and then put the camera away for a bit and enjoy the time with your family before everyone needs to head home and warm up!

 

Freeze the action 

If your children are anything like mine then you’ll need this tip.

My children like to run around, and jump about, and throw sticks and stones into any body of water they come across.  And the best photos of these moments come when you’re able to freeze the action rather than have images full of motion blur.

So set your camera to a good fast shutter speed before you start snapping.  You might need to use a wider aperture or a higher ISO to compensate if it’s a gloomy day but it’s worth it for these action shots.

 

Embrace the weather

Don’t let the winter weather put you off from taking photos.

Some of my favourite photos were taken on grey, gloomy days.  And rainy days are so much fun for photos, if you can either catch a break in the showers or protect your camera while out in the wet.

 

Dress in bright colours

The winter can be quite flat, colour-wise.

With the bare trees and hardly any flowers showing their faces, you sometimes need to add some colour to your outdoor adventure photos yourself.

So dress everyone in brightly coloured clothes before you head out.  Even if it just a colourful scarf or bobble hat to add a pop of colour to the pictures.

 

Tell the story of your adventure

When you plan out the photos you want to take, think about telling the story of your trip out.

Move back and take wide shots that capture the scenery of where you are.  Get in close and get those detail shots like little hands in mittens, bright coloured wellies and fluffy tops on bobble hats.

If there’s a certain spot you always stop for a snack, or a tree your kids always want to climb, make sure you photograph those moments that make up the story.

 

Make sure you get in some photos too

I know.  I always go on about this, but only because it’s so important.

Set the timer, use a remote, grab a random passer-by.

Do whatever you have to do to get in some of those winter adventure photos with your family.  Make sure you show you were there too.

 

So there you have it, my top tips for photographing your outdoor adventures this winter.

Have I tempted you to head out with your camera one day soon?!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

I love this picture, and it made me smile even more when I read at the bottom of the caption that it was taken on a different day to the one that Nicola was writing about.  Something about that just sums up life as a busy parent to me!

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I’ve had an amazing day out with this one exploring @bolton_library_museum before stopping off for a late lunch at @thehighfieldcroston on the way home. I loved how family friendly @bolton_library_museum was with tons to do including a where’s wally hunt, colouring stations, a stand with lots of interesting exhibits to manhandle (including an eagle’s wing and pig’s skull) and loads of history for geeky Mummy who loved learning all about the cotton mills of Bolton and Ancient Egypt! Literally had zero chance for decent photos so am sharing this one of me and my babe from a few weeks ago when we visited @ntspekehall 😍 #dexterjames #mummyandson #showyouwerethere #toddlerexplorer #spekehall #familyfriendlymuseum #toddlerdayout #northwestdaysout #ukparentingblogger #ukparentblogger #ukblogcreators #mummyblogger #nwbg #instapalparents #northwestmummy #ohheymama #motherhoodunplugged #makingmemories #mummyshot #toddlerfun #toddlerlife

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Next up is this lovely photo from Kim at Odd Hogg.

We’re on half term next week and I’m really looking forward to the break from routine, so it’s interesting to hear the other side of that from the point of view of someone who really needs to keep some sort of structure and routine.

Also, how amazing is Kim’s hoodie!

 

My third pick this time is this gorgeous photo from Sabrina at The mummy stylist.

I love this moment that’s been captured, I think it’s a pretty familiar one to us parents!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Chloe at just the three of us.

This is just such a lovely photo of Chloe and her children, and the location is beautiful!

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

Beat photographers child syndrome

How to beat photographer’s child syndrome

I’m sure there’s a statistic out there about how this generation of children that we’re raising are the most photographed generation so far.

We take 22.7 billion photos of our children a day.  Maybe.  I don’t know.

Sometimes it can feel like I take far too many photos of my children.  I’m not going to stop any time soon, but I know there are times when they get tired of seeing my face hidden behind the camera.  There are days when they just don’t want to smile for me and sit still long enough to have their photo taken.

In the photography world those moments when your children are utterly uncooperative in having their photo taken is known as a symptom of ‘photographer’s child syndrome’.  And I think this syndrome is spreading as all parents, as well as photographers and bloggers, are asking their children to get in front of the camera more and more.

So this post is for all of you.

The tips you need to know to beat photographer’s child syndrome and get your children to be happy to be photographed again.

 

Set limits and then stick to them

Yes I’m talking to you with your ‘just one more quick photo’.

If your children aren’t in the mood for taking loads of photos then ask them for just 5 minutes to get the shot you want.  Then actually set a timer for 5 minutes, and put the camera down when the 5 minutes are up.

If you always break your word and keep asking to take a few more photos then they’ll never trust you.  Stick to your word and they may well be more willing to give you what you want next time.

 

Get them excited about photography

Let your children get behind the camera now and then to understand what it is about taking photographs that you love so much.

If your children are old enough then show them a bit about the settings on your camera and let them take some photos of you with it.  For younger children you might want to keep it simple with a basic point and shoot camera.

Nerys has the Kidizoom duo camera and really loves it.  The images aren’t amazing quality, but she can still get creative with it and photograph her world the way she sees it.

Another idea is to use a remote trigger to take photos.  Set everything up on the camera and then let your children use the remote to actually take the photos of themselves.

You can also get them involved in the process of taking photos by letting them be the creative directors.

Let them decide where to go to take photos and give them the chance to do whatever crazy poses they want.

 

Keep them entertained with something new

I love photographing my children when they’re busy doing things.

And if your children are really, really resistant to having their photo taken then giving them something new to do or play with might distract them enough that they don’t even notice you grabbing the camera and snapping a few pictures.

What I love about this approach really though, is that you end up photographing more than just what your children look like.

When you give them a new lego set to build, or a new pack of crayons to colour with, or a new recipe to bake together you have the perfect opportunity to capture memories of them doing the things they love to do at this age.

 

Take breaks

If your children really are not in the mood to be photographed then just stop.  Put the camera down.  Try again another day.

On days when they’re happy to have their photo taken but you know their attention span won’t last all that long, then be as quick as you can.  Get the photos you want first.  Then take a break.  Spend time just being with them.

Then if you get the chance you can take some more relaxed candid photos later on.

 

Try a bit of reverse psychology

If you have more than one child you’ll know how competitive siblings can be at times.  So use this to your advantage next time one child isn’t being all that cooperative about having their photo taken.

Tell them that it’s ok, they don’t have to be in the pictures.  Then get their brother or sister in front of the camera and make a big show of how much fun you’re having taking photos.

Chances are it won’t be long before they all want to be in on the action.

This also works when you want nice big smiles in your photos.  Tell your child that no matter what they do, they are not to smile.  You want their grumpiest faces on.  No smiles at all.  No, not even a tiny smile.

Go overboard with these instructions and it’ll make almost any child start to smile.

 

Let go and have fun

Let go of your ideas for the perfect photo of your children.

I’ve said this before and it is one of the biggest things for me.  So often we have this idea in our head of the pinterest-perfect photos we’re going to take of our children and honestly they almost never work out.

And if we’re not careful we get stressed and snappy and no one has any fun at all.

So take the focus off perfection and on to just having fun.

You may not get the photo that you want, but the photos that you do get will hold so many positive, happy memories for you when you look back on them.

Print your photos

Now this tip is one we all need to take on board in general.

Print your photos.

Don’t leave them to get lonely and lost on your hard drive.  Print them out, frame them, stick them on your fridge, put them in good old fashioned photo albums.

One added bonus of having prints around that your children can hold and look at often is that they’ll be more likely to let you take more photos of them in the future.  When there is a tangible outcome for them to touch and see, they’ll understand more why you want to take so many photos of them all the time.

 

How often do you take photos of your children? 

Do they ever suffer from photographer’s child syndrome?

If they do then hopefully these tips will help you all get through it!

 

This post is linked up with KCACOLS with A moment with Franca.

Get great photos of children together

The tips you need to know to get great photos of your children together

If you have more than one child you’ll probably know how much of a challenge it can be to get photos of them together.

I know that a lot of time I take photos of my children by themselves.  It’s just so much easier than trying to get them in the frame together!  I do make sure I get at least one photo of them both each month though, for the siblings project.

If you want to get more (and better) photos of your children together then here are the tips you need to know:

 

Pick your moment

This has to be one of the most important tips.

If you want great photos of your children together then you need to pick the right time to do it.  Don’t expect them to pose and smile nicely for you when they’re tired, or hungry or have been busy winding each other up!

The best thing to do is keep your camera handy so when you see a moment where everyone is happy and getting on you can snap a few photos.

 

Get creative and take photos in unexpected places

Photo opportunities with your children won’t always come when you’re at the beach or the park.

If you carry your camera with you though, or your phone, then you’ll start to see all sorts of other places can be great locations for photos of your children together.

It might be them sitting together in the back of the car, looking at a painting at the art gallery, or choosing books at the local library.  Once you get comfortable taking photos in public places then the sky’s the limit really.

What’s so great about these kinds of photos is that they build up a beautiful record of your ordinary, extraordinary daily life.

 

Play with composition

Once you’ve got the classic photo of your children, with them in the centre of the frame, then you can play around with composition.

You can have fun with the rule of thirds, positioning your children on different points of the imaginary grid.

Using layers is also a great way to add some more interest to your photos of your children.

Think about keeping your aperture closed down to around f/8 to keep everything in the shot in focus.  Then include one child in the foreground and the other in the background.  Or you could use tree branches or playground equipment as frames around the edges of the photos.

 

Move around the scene

When you spot a moment with your children that you want to photograph, then try to capture it from a few different angles.

Get the straight on shot and then move around the scene.

I personally love to photograph my children together from behind, when they’re not really aware of me and my camera.

You can also see if you can get up high and shoot from above, or get down low and photograph them from below.  Try getting in close to the action and then moving further away to capture more of the wider scene.

If you’re really feeling creative then see if you can capture your children’s shadows or reflections.

 

Give your children something to do

If you know that your children won’t just sit nicely and smile for you to take a photo, then give them something else to do instead.

You can set up an activity that you know they enjoy, like painting or playing with play dough, and then photograph them as they play sitting alongside each other.  Or you can keep it really simple and get them to tell each other jokes.

If you want them nice and close for the photos then ask one child to whisper a secret or a silly word into their sibling’s ear.  This can be a great way to get genuine smiles from them too!

For competitive siblings then a challenge like ‘who can jump the highest’ can hold their attention quite well and you can then get photos of them in action.

Just let them be

One of the biggest tips for photos of children together is to let go of your ideas of perfection.

Accept that you might not get that shot of them all looking at the camera and smiling.

Instead aim to capture their true personalities.

Step back and watch and wait for your chance to snap a photo of them genuinely interacting or just ‘being’ together.

Try a bit of reverse psychology

If you really want that photo of everyone smiling at the camera then this trick could work.

Tell them to look at the camera but whatever they do, they are NOT to smile.  Go over the top and silly with how much you really don’t want them to smile.

Most children will end up laughing and you get the photo you want.

 

 

Hopefully these tips will help you get some photos of your children together that you’ll all love to look back on.

And if all else fails there’s nothing wrong with a bit of bribery in my book.  The promise of some smarties or chocolate buttons is quite often all you need to get a few smiles for a few quick photos!

Get gorgeous autumn photos

The tips you need to know for gorgeous autumn photos

As we headed out the front door to school yesterday morning I realised that autumn is well and truly here.

The morning light was gorgeous and lit up the trees by our house in just the right way to show off their slowly changing colours.

It’s made me quite excited to get out with my family and the camera to get some autumnal photos before the seasons change again.

If you fancy doing the same, then here are my top tips for getting beautiful autumn photos.

 

Make the most of golden hour

Golden hour is the hour after the sun comes up and the hour before it goes down.

The light during this hour is just beautiful.  With the sun being low in the sky, the angle of the light is lovely and flattering.  The colour of the light at this time is gorgeous too, really warm and, well, golden.

Taking photos during the golden hour in autumn is pretty magical, as the warm light really shows off the changing colours of the season.

And the great thing about this time of year is that the sun is starting to rise later and set earlier, so you don’t need to head out with the children at unreasonable hours to be able to make the most of it.

 

Embrace the weather

The weather in autumn can be all over the place at times, and the best thing to do is just embrace that.

Crisp, clear, sunny days are perfect for getting out at golden hour and capturing all the colours of autumn.  But don’t let autumn showers keep you from getting out and taking family photos.  You can have so much fun if you include brightly coloured umbrellas and jumping in puddles in wellies in your photos.

Grey, overcast days can also actually be great for capturing the colours of autumn, and if you dress your family in bright colours that complement the colours in nature you’ll get some gorgeous photos.

 

Focus on the seasonal details

Make the most of the autumnal goodness that nature provides.

Get your child to hold their collection of conkers in their hands and take a close up photo of them.  Let them grab handfuls of fallen leaves and throw them up in the air.  With a good fast shutter speed you’ll be able to freeze the action and capture them falling around your child.

You can also have fun looking for the most colourful leave you can find and getting your child to hold it up in front of them for a photo.

 

Take a step back too

I’m so guilty of taking lots of close up shots, and forgetting to step back now and again and photograph the whole, wide scene.

Autumn is a great time of year to do this though.

If you’re out in the woods with all the beautiful colours on the trees, then move back and let your children be small in the middle of the woodland scene.

Another fun thing to try at this time of year is to find branches that are almost bare that you can shoot through to frame photos of your children.

 

Capture this stage in your lives

Don’t focus completely on photos that include conkers and autumn leaves.  Think about what you like to do as a family at this time of year, and photograph that.

If your children play football then think about photographing the chilly weekend mornings from the sidelines.  If a steaming mug of hot chocolate is part of your autumn routine, then take photos of little hands wrapped round their favourite mugs.

Instead of always trying to get your children to pose for photos, let them just have fun and capture them when they’re engaged in something.

 

Hopefully these tips will have you eager to head outdoors with your family this autumn to get some amazing new photos.  If you are stuck indoors though, have a read of this post about how to get great photos indoors, so you can still get some pictures you’ll love!