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Jennifer is enjoying making herself a snack of crackers & cheese after school. Remember to take pictures of even the common things that happen in your child's life.

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Jennifer is enjoying making herself a snack of crackers & cheese after school. Remember to take pictures of even the common things that happen in your child's life. It is easy to have this happen to you when using flash; even bounced flash! You can try to correct it by taking your picture at an angle to the windows. The same is true when there is a mirror; don't take your picture directly into it. Here you can see how just a slight change in the angle the picture was taken is starting to make a differance in how much glare is in the windows behind Jennifer. There is much less glare than in the last picture. Once again, you can see the flash glare start to lessen as the angle between the camera & the glass increases! In this picture you don't get the glare off the windows from the flash because the camera was directed more at a  downward angle than the last picture. You can easily check for the glare in the window problem in your display right after taking the picture The amount of flash glare in this picture is definitely more acceptable than in some of the previous ones. Sometimes, you just need to experiment to see just what combination of flash direction & camera angle works the best for the picture you want. This is an example of a picture taken in the middle of the day when photographing children at play is very difficult due to the very bright light. Notice the extreme ranges of light from bright sunlight to dark shadows. A nice informal portrait of Jennifer where the flash was bounced off the ceiling & the histogram is not off to either side so you know that the exposure is good!  The background is pleasant & the little girl is all dolled up! Now, you can do this too! If your home has an open staircase, it will be a place where young children will want to play.  Just stand below with your DSLR Canon camera ready for some great shots!  When you are photographing, just ask them to peek through the railings. Before the kids go out for Halloween, don't forget to take a picture! The little princess likes to be a princess not just for Halloween, but for always! Remember to get out your digital Canon camera and take pictures of your children doing even the everyday things like buttoning a shirt! Move in close to your child so as to leave no doubt at all as to why you took this picture! Josiah is proud of his accomplishment.  You can reward your child for a job well done by showing your pleasure in him while taking his picture to record the grand event! Now we're ready to move on to some action!  But wait, we may need to allow the background to clear a little! And here we are; a nearly perfect portrait of Josiah on his little John Deere tractor getting ready to do some farm "work." This portrait was taken with direct flash that caused the lt. pink in the doll's hat to be washed out.  I put the pink color back into the hat.  You can learn to do this if you take the on line photography course offered in this website! This is a palette knife artistic rendition of the previous picture & would be suitable on canvas as a piece of art for a gift! Jennifer peaks through a little opening in the doll house! Josiah & Jennifer playing with the doll house.  This picture was taken with direct flash; notice that it is dark in the background.  This is O.K. if you want it that way. Josiah playing a game with his sister.  They call the game "Playing Mom & Dad." A family portrait; great for a picture on canvas! Josiah & Jennifer playing with the Noah's ark set. Jennifer relaxing on the hearth.  Direct flash has worked well in this picture. Josiah checking his toes.  Notice the flash glare on the right side of the fireplace.  This can be avoided if you bounce the flash. Getting hurt is never planned, but a great time to capture concern & caring. This picture was processed for a soft underpainting and would look great as a picture on canvas. Josiah sleeping with Pooh and processed for a soft underpainting. To make your child stand out in the picture, use a fairly large aperature. When you bounce your flash, be sure to check the histogram on your camera & adjust the flash exposure compensation if necessary!

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