Family Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  0 comments

Let’s just say that commercial photographer and “Best Dad Ever” Josh Rossi decided to make this Halloween a memorable one for his three-year-old daughter by giving her a hand-made Wonder Woman costume and making her the subject of an incredible photo shoot.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 30, 2016  |  0 comments

As a Shutterbug reader, you know how to shoot fireworks. But what do you say to your friends and kinfolk when they ask you for advice? Simple—just send them the link to this article. It’s a nice, relatively short list of 10 tips for photographing aerial pyrotechnics. Because after all, there’s more to fireworks than what meets the sky. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 24, 2016  |  1 comments

No, we’re not cooking color slides and film negatives in a pop-up toaster like Eggo waffles. The FilmToaster is a device that enables you to create digital image files from virtually any size film or transparency up to 4x5. You supply the DSLR and macro lens. If you have a shoebox full of family negs like many of us do, prepare to bring those old images back to life. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  May 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Noted photographer and online educator Elena Shumilova has a great new video offering four expert tips on how to take the best photos of children. You can watch the child photography how-to video, which was produced by SmugMug, at the bottom of this post.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Mar 30, 2015  |  0 comments

I recently attended the TICO Warbird Airshow (which is affiliated with the local Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum), an event held at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Florida each March. This popular three-day event always attracts a large crowd and a good number of people sporting pro-quality DSLRs with huge (high tech, super expensive) lenses attached and a gear bag stuffed full of amazing (also super expensive) photo accessories.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 03, 2014  |  0 comments

Beware of these popular (and rightfully awesome) compact camera features that can ruin your holiday pics. Here are some tips about outsmarting technology to improve your photos. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 30, 2014  |  1 comments

Flatbed scanners are great for copying documents and creating high resolution image files from printed pictures. Every serious photographer should own a flatbed. However, there are times when a digital camera trumps a scanner at its own game. “When?” you ask. Read on!

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 29, 2014  |  0 comments

Deleted images do not “go away.” Formatting a memory card does not “erase” the images. Never sell or loan a memory card unless you’re willing to share every image that’s ever been on it.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 13, 2014  |  0 comments

This should bring a tear to the eye of digital camera users the world over.

Josh Miller  |  Aug 05, 2014  |  0 comments

It all started with a conversation at a family holiday with my aunt and uncle about doing a summer hiking trip in Yosemite to stay at the High Sierra Camps. These camps are supported by daily mule trains that haul in supplies, including delicious meals and luggage, thus allowing visitors to carry a light daypack while getting to enjoy the experience of a backcountry trip.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jul 25, 2014  |  0 comments

If you’re an absolute beginner at photography and want to take great photos of your family then “Your Family in Pictures: The Parents Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits and Everyday Life” by Me Ra Koh is the ideal guide for you.

Susan K. Johnston  |  Dec 04, 2013  |  First Published: Oct 01, 2013  |  0 comments

A few years ago I was reorganizing a closet and discovered cardboard boxes tucked into a dark corner. Much to my surprise, I found dress boxes and shoeboxes filled with photographs from the 1940s and early ’50s. I had forgotten that when my father died I inherited his personal photographs. That afternoon and long into the night, I sat on the hallway floor looking at the pictures and reliving some of those moments. It was like discovering buried treasure, a forgotten family heirloom.

Steve Bedell  |  Nov 12, 2013  |  First Published: Oct 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Photographing families and large groups can strike fear into the hearts of many photographers. As for me, there’s nothing I’d rather do. I not only get to meet a lot of great people, but family groups are the most profitable portraits that I take. Everyone wants a copy of a good shot, and many of my family group photos result in the sale of a wall portrait or grouping with frames, plus several smaller prints.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Jul 26, 2013  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2013  |  2 comments

There are stories we tell to explain ourselves, to clarify who we are, and to account for why we are who we are. And no matter what the apparent subject of these stories, what they are always really about is the past. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner said. “It’s not even past.”

Lou Jacobs Jr.  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2012  |  1 comments

Mobile, Alabama-based photographer Laura Cantrell says, “Mothers trust me to capture and preserve the magic in childhood.” Her photography business in Mobile was inherited from her father who sent his 17-year-old daughter on her first assignment to photograph a train wreck with a 4x5 Speed Graphic. By assisting her dad at weddings and shooting portraits she learned lighting, posing, and how to please clients.

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