Family Photography How To

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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.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 29, 2022  |  1 comments

Freezing rain is falling, your tomcat is suing you for royalties from the YouTube videos he starred in, and every bird in the city boycotts your feeder because of your snoopy telephoto lens. Cheer up! We all have those days when we feel like f/16 in an f/1.4 world. But there’s always something to take pictures of—and it often can be found as close as our own kitchen.

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  |  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.

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!

Barbara Bordnick  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments

(Editor’s Note: Exploring Light is a monthly Shutterbug column featuring tips, tricks, and photo advice from professional photographers in the Canon Explorers of Light and Canon Legends education program. This month's column is by Barbara Bordnick with easy tips for capturing great photos of friends and family this holiday season.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 30, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s an annual event that never fails to please. Across most of the country, the leaves on deciduous trees do their fire dance, wither and fade, and then finally surrender to the sway of the autumn wind. It’s a great time to be a photographer, but capturing the fall color explosion at its peak can be frustratingly difficult. Right? So do what we do—take a look at this interactive leaf color predictor.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Every camera manufacturer offers at least one superzoom, but many people never use them to their full potential. Here are our favorite tips for shooting Farmer’s Markets with a superzoom camera. Why Farmer’s Markets? Because they’re widely accessible, filled with photo opps and offer an excellent venue to sharpen a photographer’s skills and/or test out new gear.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 22, 2018  |  0 comments

If you think you’ve run out of ideas as a photographer, watch the below video from Light Club that presents one seemingly small but actually much bigger idea: shoot the dog.

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. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 16, 2019  |  0 comments

Once thought of as a toy for novices only, these grown up bridge cameras are capable of producing some amazing images, starting right in your own backyard. Here are our favorite tips for shooting Flowers and Plants with a superzoom camera.

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.

Lynne Eodice  |  Oct 01, 2005  |  1 comments

Children are among the most appealing photo subjects, because of their seemingly limitless energy and cute expressions. Their playfulness and spontaneity is a joy to record. Some are bold and will clown around for your camera, but you can capture great images of a bashful child as well. Whether you're photographing your own children or those of a friend or relative, there...

Lynne Eodice  |  Aug 01, 2003  |  0 comments

When it comes to photographing kids, remember that they just want to have fun. As children have a short attention span, you'll get more-cooperative photo subjects if they're having a good time. Get involved with kids' activities: play games with them, read stories, or whatever they're doing so that they get used to your presence, and can be themselves...

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.

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