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Pretending to Talk to Her Grandma Debby

Here you see Jennifer's face placed in a position corresponding to the artist's rule of thirds.  The light is from the side; you can see it on the top of her head & on the right side of the picture.  Fill flash was used to light up her face!

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Jennifer made this episode up all by herself; it was her idea alone.  She "asked" me to photograph her calling her Grandma Debby in Florida.  This was all done on her play "pretend" cell phone. The dialing of the cell phone continues.  It must be that she knows her Grandma's number by heart, because she never asked me for a telephone number! The cell phone is "ringing." Won't Grandma Debby be surprised to hear from Jennifer!! She does not get to see Jennifer very much each year because they are so very far apart from Michigan to Florida. Hi Grandma Debby!  I am so excited to talk to you!  What are you doing?    Where is Grandpa?   My baby dolls are all sleeping right now.  Can you get me a new baby doll??? When photographing in a series like this you can tell a story in pictures.  Shhh........Listen now.  What could Grandma Debby be telling Jennifer? Somewhere in the series of pictures, you will get some that you like a lot.  Wouldn't a picture like this one be great to send on line to her Grandma Debby? Jennifer continues her pretend conversation with her grandma.  It's amazing to watch the creative things children come up with when we take the time to pay attention to them.  More to come! Jennifer has made this little episode with her Grandma Debby so real that she can even pretend to listen to what her Grandma is telling her! Notice that the light on Jennifer's legs have rendered them a little over exposed.  Since this picture was taken in the RAW with the detail in the file, this image could be processed again for this correction. If you are photographing to get a special expression of your child, you will need to take lots of pictures like you see in this series so you have several to choose from. You can see that Jennifer is delighted with what her Grandma Debby is telling her!  What an imagination children have!  Try it with what your child likes to do!  Because fill flash was used & her legs are closer to the flash than her face, her legs are a little over exposed.  No problem, just reprocess this picture from the RAW & merge it with this image, touch it up and it's good to go! When your child is engaged in an activity, it is a perfect time to work with your framing of the image for both some close-ups and some full body pictures.  Jennifer's feet should have been included in this picture. Jennifer continues to "play out" her pretend scenerio of talking to her Grandma Debby in Florida. If this photo was going to be put on a canvas portrait, it would be better if her feet were included. If you keep taking pictures as the action progresses, you will give yourself more pictures to choose from when making your final selections. As you move through your picture taking sequence, try to think about what you can do the make this picture a little better than the previous pictures. Jennifer is now pretending to listen to her Grandma Debby.  It's amazing to photograph all the unique expressions that children can come up with! It can't be said enough; after focusing, work on your framing and then all the expressions that you want to capture.  However, all the while, keep an eye on that histogram. Move in or zoom in for some close-up pictures too!  And remember, with a child, even a frown can be precious! You can almost hear what Jennifer is telling her Grandma Debby.  I tried to make this whole picture session a game, and told her that her Grandma would be seeing these pictures.  She really wanted that to happen. Here you see Jennifer's face placed in a position corresponding to the artist's rule of thirds.  The light is from the side; you can see it on the top of her head & on the right side of the picture.  Fill flash was used to light up her face! When photographing with your digital SLR camera, try to work on getting all of the different expressions of your child as you possibly can. What an imagination this girl has!  She is enjoying her pretending to talk to a Grandma that she loves who lives far away from her. As Jennifer ends the pretend call to her Grandma Debby in Florida, she is quietly thoughtful.  While you are photographing, keep a watch on your histogram to see if you need to make any exposure compensation changes. Towards the end of your picture taking session, you can get a few extra expressions by asking your child some questions about their pretend adventure. Jennifer is proud of herself AND proud that you are pleased with her!  Most of all, children want you to pay attention to them and to be involved in their world.  This makes it easy to get good pictures of them. Jennifer says "Good Bye" and we all hope that her Grandma Debby gets to see these pictures, because she will be delighted with them!  How about uploading them to PhotoWorks so Grandparents can order copies for themselves!

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