It is all fun and games

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Until someone (in this case an unsuspecting pancake) loses an eye.

So I sprung for a new digital camera a few weeks ago, an entry-level SLR and threw in a high-speed 1 GB memory card.   Please don’t ask me what all these things mean.   Bottom-line is that we can take pics superfast and store 850 images.    We were tired of missing “the shot” with the kid.     Now, I am like an addict with the camera firing off shots just to hear the rapid click of the shutter.   The poor child.  Did I mention the 850 images? 

I have not moved beyond the automatic setting and need some serious lessons from the mamarazzi.   

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4 Responses to “It is all fun and games”

  1. The Mamarazzi Says:

    Hey, congratulations on the new camera! My first piece of advice is to delete with wreckless abandon. Those 850 images will eat up computer space and you’ll never do a thing with 99 percent of them, or maybe 99.9. BUT those precious few that you LOVE need to be PRINTED and STORED properly. So what you do is make a folder and organization system. 2007/May/Keepers. How many pictures do you really need from May 2007? My guess would be not more than 5 keepers unless there was some big family event or outing, and even then only ten. Ten saved pictures a month is 120 pictures a year. That’s more than enough to document Finn’s life in images.

    And remember that every single time you hit that shutter button, you’re going to spend an average of 1 minute on the resulting image — deciding whether to keep or trash, deciding whether to email to mom or post in the blog, deciding to print and post on the fridge, deciding to put it in an album. If you click off 850 images over the course of a week, that’s 14 hours sitting in front of the computer editing pictures.

    Practice, practice, practice will make you a better photographer (with study on HOW to be better). But thousands of pictures will be overwhelming to deal with down the road. And what if you DON’T spend some time deleting and organizing? Some day you’ll lose those 120 great images that you wished you’d organized.

    Next, if you’d like to get together some time, I’d love to give you some basic photo pointers. Tip of the day: It’s all about light. Where is it coming from, what is it falling on? On-camera flash photography does not make people look like we see them, so that’s why standard flash pictures are not flattering. The light is too harsh, too direct. How often do you stand looking at Finn holding a big flash light straight at his nose? That’s not natural. Window light is a great place to start. The light, ideally, would be coming at the subject’s face from a 45-degree angle from the camera.

    Hope this helps get you started! What kind of camera did you get? What kind of lens did it come with? (That’s foreshadowing the next lesson: Great glass makes nicer pictures.)

    Cheers!

  2. Lizzy Says:

    I read ages ago that the best pictures of your kids are close ups. The beauty of the digital camera is you can take 100 photos and get 5 great shots.
    Mammarazzi has some crazy details, I’m totally taking notes!
    (And, um, what does a mom in Brooklyn have to do to get a pancake like that? Looks deeeeelicious!)

  3. The Mamarazzi Says:

    P.S. I am scared out of my wits that “Dad” will find fault with my math. Oh God please.

  4. BOSSY Says:

    Now you feel Bossy’s pain. Such a sporty camera and no one who knows how to drive ‘er.

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