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Kristen Prelipp-Oguntoyinbo

How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Six

This is the sixth in an eight-part created by me, Kristin Prelipp Oguntoyinbo, for the amateur family photographer. These tips are simple, quick things you can do to vastly improve the photos you take. I will be using photos that I have taken in my role as the family photographer, not images taken with high end cameras, complicated techniques nor studio lighting. These are images that ANYONE can take, many of them shot with a point and shoot camera. TIP 6: NATURAL LIGHT Professional photographers spend years learning how to work with light. The goal is to make their...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Five

TIP 5: CANDID CAMERA Do you remember that show, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” Perhaps I am dating myself, but the premise was that people were taped with concealed cameras as they were being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show’s catch phrase, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.” I am not suggesting you set up pranks for your family so you can photograph how they react. But I am rather telling you that it is truly amazing to quietly watch your family from a detached position, like...

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How to Better Photograph Flowers and Plants

Flowers are such a source of inspiration to me. It is in my blood and upbringing as my parents and all siblings but one are absolutely crazy about gardening.  They throw around both the common and latin names for plants as if it is nothing. Growing up in chilly Green Bay, WI the growing season was short but my mother made the most of it. In the evening she and my dad would stroll around the yard slowly just taking it all in and catching up on the day. I find myself often in the yard, as well, at...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Four

TIP 4: WATCH THE BACKGROUND It seems counter-intuitive, but any successful photograph BEGINS with the background. A bad background can ruin an otherwise amazing photo. Think of how a painter would work on the background first and then, layer by layer, add the protagonists. When filling up your rectangle (see tip 1), pick a clean or pleasing background so that you can focus on the action, a.k.a. your family. HERE IS HOW NOT TO DO IT! So here we are in August in North Carolina. It is a hot as Hades and I am at home with a full...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Three

TIP 3: GET UP. GET DOWN. GET MOVING! When you photograph your family without being intentional about it, most of your photos are taken from the same eye level. While some photos are great taken from that level, if all are taken that way it makes for some pretty boring photos. Here is an example of what most people do: line up kids, stand upright, raise camera to eye level and shoot before one child wanders off. | | I am not saying the above photo is a bad photo. It serves its purpose of documenting the kids at...

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Sunrise Sunset

Happy (almost) Fourth of July everyone! I hope that many of you will be out having fun with your friends and family, attending Fourth of July events this weekend. You can see a local listing of events on the chapelboro.com calendar. If you are lucky, you might get to see and photograph a beautiful sunset this holiday weekend. On July 4th, 2011 the sun is setting at 8:36 p.m. That means that from about 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. is the “golden hour,” as photographers call it. This is a time where everything looks good! Sunrise has a golden hour,...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip Two

This series was created for the amateur family photographer. These tips are simple, quick things you can do to vastly improve the photos you take. Every family has one person that tends to do all the photographing. Growing up in my family, this was my father. This role is important as the images you capture will become the family legacy.  I will be using photos that I have taken in my role as the family photographer, NOT images taken with my high end cameras, complicated techniques OR studio lighting. THESE ARE IMAGES THAT ANYONE CAN TAKE , MANY OF...

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How to Better Photograph Your Family- Tip One

This series was created for the amateur family photographer. These tips are simple, quick things you can do to vastly improve the photos you take. Every family has one person that tends to do all the photographing. Growing up in my family, this was my father. This role is important as the images you capture will become the family legacy.  I will be using photos that I have taken in my role as the family photographer, NOT images taken with my high end cameras, complicated techniques OR studio lighting. THESE ARE IMAGES THAT ANYONE CAN TAKE , MANY OF...

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The Cicada Invasion

I have had houseguests for over a month who have created quite a racket and have left a mess all over the yard.  I guess it is alright as they won’t be back for another 13 years. I am referring, of course, to the 13-year cicadas, officially called Brood XXIX. They last burrowed out of the ground in 1998 and won’t be back until 2024.     At the beginning of May my children and I began noticing holes in the yard. At first I wondered if we had a serious, miniature vole problem. But then we started seeing...

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