Cleaning up Blemishes There are two schools of thought in retouching your personal photos.  First, there are those out there who want to preserve every single detail in a shot, unflattering or not.  Let's call these folks preservationists.  Preservationists argue that covering up scrapes, bits of food stuck to faces, and the like compromise the integrity and inherent "real-ness" of a photo.  I tend to tell preservationists that "real-ness" isn't a word and to just lighten up a little for ...

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Every parent with a camera and artistic ambitions has been there.   You have all the technical details down, a great setting, perfect light, and your 5-year-old decides that taking a picture isn’t something he’s willing to fit into his jam-packed schedule today.  How does next Tuesday (but in reality ‘It ain't never-gonna-happen-pops!’) work for you?  Getting the kiddos in a more photogenic mood can be a sticky wicket, but with some of these tips you just might come out ahead in this particu ...

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The next step in learning how to take great pictures of your kids involves delving into one of the true black arts of photography, composition.  While standard rules of composition can be thrown out at any moment to achieve the right affect, the following are just some good rules of thumb that  not only apply to photographing children, but to full-sized persons as well. Sink to Their Level First and foremost, if you still have pint-sized tikes you’re going to have to bend those knees, ...

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I tend to get this question from fellow amateur photographers who are just starting out,  “How can I take better looking pictures of my kids?”  I once heard a professional photographer say the best thing an amateur who wants to take great pictures of his children can do is buy a cheap, fast 50mm lens for an SLR and simply never take it off their camera.  I wholeheartedly agree. Generally, what people see in these “better” photographs they’re not achieving is limited depth of field.  They ...

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