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Here you can see where a simple thing like cropping the last picture from an 8X12 to an 8X10 puts Josiah's face on one of the grid lines for the "rule of thirds." You can learn these tips from my photography for beginners course offered on my website.

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In this picture, Josiah is in the center, but there is a lot of wasted space on the left of the picture. How do you think it could be made better? See next picture. Here you can see where a simple thing like cropping the last picture from an 8X12 to an 8X10 puts Josiah's face on one of the grid lines for the "rule of thirds." You can learn these tips from my photography for beginners course offered on my website. This photo already uses the rule of thirds. You can see both Josiah's expression & understand what he is focused on. The damaged blinds in the background could be considered a distraction; or they might be a recorded treasured memory. This photo has a lot of wasted space on both the left & the right side. Therefore, it might have been better if the camera had been in the vertical format when it was taken. Another picture that needed to be taken in the vertical format. When you look through your view finder, look for wasted space that has nothing to do with your subject & try to minimize it. Because was their daddy's birthday & he was willing to play with fire with his birthday candle & share it with Jennifer & Josiah, it was producing opportunities for some interesting pictures!  The first rule is: Always bring your camera & flash with you! When you take more that one picture of the same subject, you should do it to improve some aspect of the picture either technically, or in capturing unique expressions! It is Josiah's 8th birthday!  This picture was framed to try to get a nice picture with Grandpa. But notice some distractions: A child's face on the right & some paper towels in the window on the left. Some cropping should help. See next picture. Cropping the last picture to the results you see here has helped. However, the paper towels could be removed if you had the time. Maybe, the best effort would be to try to reframe and take another picture. Please see the next picture. When you have to make quick judgement calls between perfect backgrounds & capturing relationships - go for the latter!  You don't want to trip over the people & the gifts to move a distraction & miss the interaction between a boy & his Grandpa! To avoid seeing the flash in the window, move your camera to about a 45 degree angle & reframe. Notice that the focus is on Grandpa's eyes. It could have been on Josiah's eyes.To understand this take my photography for beginners course offered on my site. You don't want to forget the siblings at the birthday party either! Here Jennifer is talking to her mother on daddy's cell phone. The flash was bounced for nice even lighting, the background is uncluttered & you can see the "rule of thirds" being used. Jennifer is quietly watching her brother enjoy a birthday gift. Notice how her gently personality is captured in this picture. Josiah displays his joy with his birthday gift!  His birthday was in November in the north country which accounts for his very red ears, but this close-up picture contains the important points that we have been discussing. This is the previous picture cropped into a standard 8X10.  Now, happily, it will fit into a regualr 8X10 picture frame.  For some choices for this option please check out the archival photo storage section of my website. The candle that is sitting on the table seems to be in the way and not fit in this picture.  But because of the 8X12 format, it is easy to crop this picture into a standard 8X10.  Please see the next picture. When it's a parent's birthday, gather the little ones around to help blow out the candles.  The interest that children have in candles, and anything involving a fire is amazing!  For sure there will be a lot of different expressions to be captured. All children naturally display their interests!  Jennifer just loves babies & this photo is beautiful and would be a wonderful picture on canvas to hang in her room. Learning to take good care of a real baby is important work for a young girl.  This would be a wonderful companion portrait to the previous one. When your child is celebrating a birthday so much is happening so very fast, be sure to take lots & lots of pictures so that you can be sure of getting some very nice ones to print, enlarge & put into a nice leather album, or burn on a archival gold CD. Have your camera ready & look for what is really happening! What an expression? Happy Birthday to the little princess! A new birthday baby doll!  How precious it is to capture a moment like this. This new baby is sure hungry! A great picture to share on line with Grandparents! Yumm!!  This looks so good!! Plotting the new game! Rigging the flying wheel. Let's see how this works.

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