Get back, Get up, & Balance

No this isn’t a new dance move for you to wow all of your coworkers with at this year’s Holiday Partay – although – feel free to give it a whirl. It is what I want you to remember from edition II of “Tips and Ideas”.

Today I want to give you just a few tips when taking pictures yourself during the holiday season {and always for that matter}. If you’re a really kind sister/daughter in law/cousin like me {hee hee hee}, you still want to make your family look their best after stuffing themselves full of turkey and pie – right? Riiiight… So here we go.

Tip #1 – ZOOM IN – for the love people – please zoom. I don’t care what kind of camera you have – whether it is point and shoot or a big gigantor like me – use the zoom feature! Let me explain. I am sure if you have been on a photo shoot with me – you will notice that I have different sizes of lenses – and you probably wonder why I run back and forth all over the place and get so far away and then zoom in with a huge lens. Why not just put on the smaller lens and save myself the running? I do this for your benefit friends. Using a larger lens and zooming in is much more flattering. Let me pick on Kobe’s football coach for a minute. 🙂 One year when I did their team pictures – he told me he would just send me the coach’s pictures to add to the team composite. When he did my husband and I nearly hit the floor laughing. Every coach looked like he had a giant schnauze – which was great and funny – because they are football coaches and not super models. However –  they hardly even looked like themselves. It was obvious that he turned on the camera and then walked up close to them {instead of zooming} to get the image. I’ll stop trying to explain this and you can just take a looksy for yourself…

{Thanks Coach for letting me pick on you!}

Tip #2 – GET UP! So – this is especially true if you are taking a picture of pretty much any female on the planet. We don’t like pictures of ourselves when someone is shooting up at us. Really – hardly ever. My 11 year old knows to get up on a chair, the stairs , the table {yes – we stand on tables in our house if it means getting a better image} – before ever taking my picture. I don’t have an example of this one because I have deleted every picture ever taken of me from that angle. 🙂 Just trust me – or try it out for yourself!

Tip #3 – BALANCE! White Balance that is. I don’t know if the Point and Shoot cameras have the option to adjust your white balance – but so many people I know now have the nicer cameras that do have the option somewhere in that endless menu. The main ones you can choose from are generally fluorescent, sun, clouds, incandescent etc… Now this is super easy to do – and will make a huge difference in your pictures. Try it out to see – but if you are set on cloudy white balance and shooting in a room with fluorescent lighting – your colors are going to be all off – and vice-versa. Have you ever noticed when you shoot indoors sometimes your images are really yellow? Try choosing the correct lighting scenario in your white balance menu to see the difference. Google your camera name and white balance and most likely it will tell you where to find the menu.

I hope this helps – and hope that you all have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving!