Welcome to the second installment of the “Take Better Pictures of Your Kids!” series.
Put down that pop up flash!
Let’s face it – It’s harsh, it’s unflattering….and then there’s the dreaded “red eye!”
If you have a compact camera, you can disable the flash. If you have a DSLR, you can disable the flash buy switching to one of the manual modes on your camera. If you typically shoot in AUTO, move it over to P (program mode). It will do the same as auto, but the flash won’t pop up.
You need more light you say? Move your subjects closer to a window. At night, use what you have in the house! Ipads and iphones make great light sources. There is even a free ap called SoftBox for your iphone/ipad (there is a free ‘lite’ version or a paid ‘Pro’ version). If you are using lights in your house, try some different settings on your DSLR to correct white balance. Tungsten light is very warm, to avoid your image from being too orange, change your white balance to the little ‘lightbulb’ icon on your camera. It should help balance out the color a bit better than auto white balance. And if all else fails, convert to a moody black and white
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