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Playing With The Village Blocks

Expressions!  Expressions!  Expressions!   You will never be able to photograph enough of them when it's your child or grandchild who is in the picture.  However, each picture should be an attempt to be an improvement over the last one.

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Give your child a set of blocks & some little people; then begin to photography their imaginative play.  This picture was taken with direct flash. When you photograph in a series, you may see a story begin to develop.  The flash was bounced in this picture. Try turning the digital camera vertical & you will be able to capture nearly their entire body. If you are photographing to capture an image to print on canvas, you might check the background & remove any distracting objects like these blankets on the sofa. You can see the "rule of thirds" applied in this picture of Jennifer with the village blocks. This picture violates the "rule of thirds" and would have been better if more of the village blocks were showing & Jennifer's face moved up higher.  Removing the sofa blankets would help too. Again, notice the placement of Josiah's eyes in this picture & think about framing your pictures using the artists "rule of thirds!" Josiah has been captured in imaginative play with a little flocked horse.  Try to include something in your photographs of what your child is doing. Notice how Josiah is telling me what he is doing with the little flocked pony; his newly missing little tooth shows in this picture.  Precious! Josiah was born blessed with "big large eyes."  It is one of his special gifts that we have come to treasure.  This picture really emphasizes those "big eyes" of his! This picture would have been better to have put on canvas if Josiah's other hand had been included in it too!  Sometimes zoom your lens out just a bit for the whole child if you are trying to capture a special picture for putting on canvas! Wouldn't it have been wonderful if the previous picture had been framed the way this one is!  This one is certainly nice, but the last one could have been stunning for putting on canvas if it had been framed better.  Oh, well!  Even I can't do it perfect, When you have two children who are sibelings, you will want to photograph as many natural images of their relationship as you can. When your child is playing, in addition to watching your framing & focusing on the eyes, look for expressions from them when their hands aren't seriously obstructing their face. Expressions!  Expressions!  Expressions!   You will never be able to photograph enough of them when it's your child or grandchild who is in the picture.  However, each picture should be an attempt to be an improvement over the last one. You will want to keep in mind that the format of your SLR camera yields a 8X12 enlargement. However, should you crop two inches off the right side of this picture, it would fit into a 8X10 frame, and will then also conform to the artists "rule of thirds". This picture as taken violates the "rule of thirds" and leaves a lot of wasted space on both sides of Jennifer. You could crop it on both sides of her, but the picture would be best of taken in the vertical. Josiah is happily getting engaged in the picture taking!   He is directing me as if I were in an orchestra in front of him!

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