How to get clearer photos using your I-Phone
The biggest mistakes I see people make when it comes to taking pics with their I-Phones (or similar handheld point and shoot cameras) is just a matter of awkward handling. Are your pictures fuzzy? Foggy or Hazy? How do you fix that?
1. When shooting, hold your camera as still as you can. Especially in low light conditions. Your camera is designed to slow its shutter speed in low-light scenarios which means you gotta hold REALLY still to get a clean shot. So practice bracing your elbows to your sides while hold the camera up. Or, find a solid surface that works almost as good as a tripod. This will support the camera and hold it still much better. One more funny tip is to try holding your breath for a moment when you click the shutter! Kinda weird but sometimes that's what it takes!
2. Speaking of low light, the best way to get a clear shot is to light your subject properly. Back light is horrible for today's I-Phones. The phones just can't handle it. Place your subject closer to a window, or shoot outside in full shade. Just getting good light on the subject alone, will help the camera itself perform better. Check out my post on taking photos of your kids for more low light tips.
3. It may seem silly, but WIPE YOUR LENS! LOL. I can't tell you the number of times I've offered to help someone get a family shot on some travel adventure, and I look at the back of their phone at the actual lens. Surprise! It's grimy! A simple trick, but an effective one, and one we don't think about all the time- simply wiping off your lens will make your pics clearer. After all, we store that thing in our purses, and God knows what kid-size drama made it into my bag this week! (we can exchange stories on toddler messes when you next see me around!)
Happy New Year's Eve!!! Thank you so much to all of my clients that chose to work with me this year. It was so nice to restart my business here in Sunnyvale/the Bay Area after moving here from Pennsylvania. Thank you so much to you all who made it great! It's been a great year full of new babies and families. I photographed my first adoption baby and my first Indian family (not a lot of Indians in PA , lol!). I even got to photograph my first set of boy twins (who just turned 1!) and my first set of girl twins (my sweet nieces!) in the last 12 months! And my new digital background offerings has been such a success! I'm so glad I could start offering designs from Luisa Dunn and Sweet Bambini this year. It really has made taking creativity into my clients' homes so much more streamlined and easier for everybody. I was also able to donate a couple of sessions to deserving rainbow babies, and I will continue that work in 2019. Looking forward to capturing your 2019 moments!!
Many of my clients are pictured here in my annual client collage but of course I respect my clients' wishes for privacy. Only clients who chose to sign a model release are shown here on my website or in any of my portfolio material.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:11-14
To my fellow Christians I wish you a very happy celebration of Christmas and may we remember the "reason for the season". To my non Christian friends, may we all share peace on earth and good will towards all people.
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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