It feels like a long time in coming, but Shutterbunny Photography is taking credit cards, debit cards and checks on the go (we still take good ole cashola too).
We've been using PayPal for awhile but now we can swipe your cards on location!
Have a great day everyone!
here is a quick post for those of you that find you like to use your phone as much as you use your 'good camera'. i think it's neat to have the phone as an option and if it is handy and captures the moment, then it is the best camera you could possibly have. now we know that camera phones have limitations. but do not fear! there are some nifty (and FREE) apps that you can add to your phone that give you options and flexibility! the first one i used was Photoshop Express. it allows you to make some minor adjustments to your pictures that is really helpful. i have had that one for a couple of years now and i don't have any complaints. also, for anyone who is already familiar with Adobe Photoshop products it is user friendly and very intuitive. it will remind you of the Photoshop products you already use. there is another app i recently discovered and like called Camera Awesome that is similar but is much newer and of course, as with all new technology quickly coming out, it has more bells an whistles. if you're involved in social media at all you may (ha,ha) have already heard of an enormous app called Instagram. it isn't very flexible and doesn't inspire a lot of creativity but it does allow the consumer to make some changes tho their pictures for fun with a simple touch of the screen. i look at this app as something social and not photographically 'refreshing'. i'm not recommending this app unless you want to share your photo-candy instantly over the web as a part of your social media update.
well, there are so many other apps to try you could spend all day everyday hunting them down, loading them and trying them out. but these are three easy and FREE options.
are you at the ready?
taking pictures of your toddler can be some of the most challenging. we don't want everything to look too 'posey' and catching them "in the act" can be epic and a conversation piece for years to come. so how do we do this? you should always keep the camera handy so that you can snap the naturally beautiful poses of your baby (or their wild antics).
are the memory cards always downloaded and cleared out and installed in the camera? it's not good enough just to know where they are. is your camera in a convenient place in your home where you can grab it quickly and quietly if need be?
a friend of a friend recently had a laptop stolen and much to their dismay all of their family photos were on that one computer. photos not only take up a lot of space but they aren't "safe" just on the laptop or desktop. take the time to download the pictures off of the camera's memory card (they aren't safe their either, i hate to tell you). take about 5 minutes to burn the photos to a blank DVD and consider a book drive as another option. if these photos are really important to you then more than one method of backup is critical. nothing is foolproof, so a double-backup is a great idea. it sounds like a lot for some but once you do it 2-3 times you will get the hang of it. just make sure it becomes you new post-shooting practice and your beautiful photos will be safe and sound.
what is MACROS and how to use it?
defined on the Nikon website, MACROS "Refers to close-up photography, particularly photography that results in the subject appearing close to life-size in the image."
when taking pictures of your babies or kids be mindful of how much you use macros.
being able to zoom in can make a picture very special and give it a completely different feel. but think about capturing a full image first and not limiting yourself. remember, that your sensor in your camera doesn't capture all things just the way your eyes see them. if the photograph demands, you can also isolate different parts of the body and create extraordinary snaps with effective use of "cropping". cropping is extremely important part of a photographer's post-shoot workflow. this is a big part of what you pay for in a photo session. the 'photographer's eye' is artistic and has a knack for understanding positive and negative space and juxtaposition. it can be particularly useful if you captured something in the background that you didn't want in the picture. moving your feet helps you remove something unwanted as does a good lens that enables you to create BOKEH. we will talk more about both of these soon
WHAT KIND OF PICTURE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
If you want to capture a variety of moments with a baby or younger children, you can take you camera and make photographs of your child with different relatives or in different rooms; playing with toys as props or even just eating. However, if you want your child to have a variety of expressions in different poses, you can go for portrait photography. Portrait style of photography is often considered to be the right choice; because so much can be controlled and 'created' when you want to take a snap of your baby’s special moment and hang it in the nursery, the hallway or maybe even the main living area. This would be the best option to avoid seeing a 'spaghetti-all-over-the-face- scene' in a prominent area. Cute but will the guests want to stare at it for 3 hours? Just sayin'.
There are also tons of fabulous choices on how to reproduce that picture that can really take it up a notch.
If you are going to take your candid photos don't forget to move around and get at your child's level. The world looks so different from two feet off of the ground!
Rachel Alfonso-Smith is a native New Yorker that has relocated to Katy, Texas.
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