Capture Photos That #BringIt

With the back-to-school season upon us, don’t miss the opportunity to capture the perfect shot of the winning touchdown, the last second field goal or the fourth quarter huddle. Whether you are attending your child’s Pop Warner tournament or your teen’s Homecoming Football game, be sure to photograph and videotape every moment with high quality.

Capture the Perfect Shot #BringIt © bigandt / Dollar Photo Club

The seasons of blurry action shots and over-exposed kick-offs are in the past. Sports fans can #bringit by capturing higher quality images and video of every game this season. To help you make this happen, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks courtesy of Canon’s Digital Learning Center, to help #bringit for sporting events:

  • When you first arrive to the game, be sure to find the spot with the best lighting; stand in front of the light in order to capture the clearest shot.
  • Set your camera’s shooting mode to an automatic high shutter speed to ensure that you catch the perfect shot of your team.
  • Don’t be afraid to shoot from a different angle. Try standing at the top of the bleachers, on the highest hill or from standing low on the sideline in order to capture a variety of shots.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses allow for optimal photo-documenting sport events and athletes at a distance.

5 Tips For Photographing Your Kiddos On Your Mobile Phone

I love taking pictures of my kiddos. While they sleep. While they play. When they laugh. When they cry. When they’re busy. When they’re bored. While they just are.

My DSLR is big and bulky. And, with fabulous cameras built in to mobile phones these days, little point and shoots are all but obsolete. But, are you making the most of your mobile phone’s camera?

Photo taken using the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone and edited with Fhotoroom

Here are 5 tips for taking great photos of your kids on your mobile phone:

1. Keep still, but don’t expect your kiddos to. Take candid shots. Don’t try to pose your kids or make them smile. Just photograph your kiddos as they sleep, play, and be.

2. Get close. I love pictures of my babies’ faces consuming the whole frame. These photos, whether taken on my Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone or my DSLR, are the ones that get blown up and framed. Photos of tiny feet and hands are precious, and the close-up of your toddlers spaghetti covered face are priceless.

3. Just keep snapping. Taking lots of shots will guarantee that one great shot. Experiment with the angle of the shot and images within the frame. Sometimes the flower, straw, or balloon should be the focus while your kiddo is just enjoying the “prop”.

4. Make sure the kiddos are well lit. Lighting is to photography as location is to Real Estate. Avoid shadows and harsh lighting, but don’t worry too much about it. The coloring can be manipulated once the photo has been taken.

5. Remember – you can edit later. There are some great Windows Phone photo editing apps that you can use to put the finishing touches on your images, even after your kiddos are fast asleep. I like to quickly add captions and crop my images with Apict. I add filters, get rid of red eyes, adjust white balance, and add effects with Fhotoroom. And Sophie Cam is a MUST have app for snapping and sharing your photos across all of your social media outlets.

What are some of YOUR tips and tricks for taking great pictures of your kids with your Windows Phone? Perhaps YOU have a favorite photo app… Inquiring minds want to know!

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The new lens that I ordered for my Canon SLR just arrived today. I thought I was excited to begin taking pictures again. But, I wasn’t nearly as excited as Julia was! She took pictures made photographs all afternoon!

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
 Ansel Adams


“Beauty can be seen in all things,
seeing and composing the beauty is what separates
the snapshot from the photograph.”

– Matt Hardy

Julia sees beauty in all things. She sees it in the trees, in the clouds, in the butterfly that flitters by her face. But, mostly she sees beauty in the people around her. These people – her family and friends – are what she desires to capture for all to see.

She is eager to make photographs of the people she loves and, because of that, she captures beauty.