5 Easy Tips To Professional Looking Photos

5 tips to professional looking photos

I’ve had several emails about how to photograph children who are constantly moving. I decided to do a quick post to give you a little advice about photography. My husband purchased my first Canon camera as a birthday gift for me a few years back and I had no clue what I was doing. At that time my photography skill level consisted of iPhone 4 photos complimented with a valencia filter on Instagram. I was a complete amateur and had no interest in taking lifestyle photos because I was using the camera for my online store at the time. As Scout grew I decided I should make the best of my trusty Canon and found some tricks that worked well for me when I first began.

1. CAMERA-Let’s face it, you need a good camera to catch these little sonic the hedgehogs and your iPhone is not going to cut it. If you’re a beginner then I recommend the Canon Rebel series. The EOS Digital Rebel is for everyone, it offers the same SLR excitement and quality and it’s the perfect starter camera. If you really don’t want to invest in a DSLR then try the coolest point and shoot camera around, Canon EOS M_Mirrorless camera. This camera produces amazing image quality with a wide-angle lens that is suitable for both photo and video.

2. Lens– The starter lens that comes with your camera is suitable for video and photos but it never gave me the exact effect that I was looking for. I purchased an inexpensive starter lens, 50mm f/ 1.8. This lens is great for action and portraits. It also delivers that bokeh effect that I was looking for.

3. Settings– When I first started, I had no idea how to take pictures of my constantly moving child. Every photo was blurry or washed out. I figured if I use the speed setting with the 50mm lens that my photos would look dramatically different and it worked! I went from a zero to a hero within minutes. My photos were crisp and clear and also blurred the background just the way I liked. Always use the daylight to work for you. Make sure you shoot with the sun behind you and pay attention to shadows and clutter in your photos. Make sure to focus on your subject with the 50mm lens or else they will be blurry.You should continuously shoot toddlers since they move so much. (P.S. the speed setting on your DSLR camera looks like a little man running a 100 yard dash.)

4. Editing– Most photo will need a little sprucing up to bring them to life. Before I purchased Photoshop I used the free platforms and apps which I still think are fantastic. I started with Fotor to help with color correction and contrast. I also downloaded Snapseed to my iPad and this is one of my favs. You can actually color correct on selected portions of the photo instead of the entire image. It’s an excellent app and highly recommended.

5. Learning Tutorials– After you’ve played around for a few with these tips then it’s time to start learning more about photography so you can use your cameras manual settings. Lynda.com is best thing I ever stumped upon. I use to think that I had to take small noncredit courses at local schools to learn photography skills but that’s not how the world works anymore. We have the convenience of learning in our own home for a fraction of the cost. Lynda has thousands of tutorials that can teach you everything you want to learn. I learned most of my photography tricks from this site and now I’m learning how to edit my videos in final cut pro. I highly recommend you taking a look at the site.

I hope these tips can help you as much as they helped me. If you have any other tips then make sure you drop us a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!

XO,

LS and Sai

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3 Comments

  1. Paula Akinola
    June 3, 2015 / 6:38 PM

    Thanks for the tips! I also relied on my iPhone for pics but now have upgraded to an android – (haha :o) I am guilty of continuing to rely on my phone as a camera and I’ve been so disappointed to see what I actually captured when I sit down to accomplish something with my pics. I realized this even more so this weekend at my daughter’s dance recital! I couldnt take any pics or videos because of the lighting! Knowing I needed to consider purchading a good camera I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the idea. This article could not have come at a better time. THANK YOU!!

    • June 8, 2015 / 10:24 AM

      You are very welcome!! Thanks for stopping by!
      xo

  2. Marianna Davis
    March 18, 2016 / 11:01 PM

    I loved this post. I tried shooting on speed setting on my Canon Rebel and the photos of my moving child is still blurry… I had the macro lens at the time. Do you suppose this to be the problem? Thank you Sai

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