Capturing Kodak Moments—Like Birthday Smiles!
Whether it’s your baby’s first, your daughter’s sweet sixteen or your husband’s 40th, these photography tips will make sure you always capture the perfect birthday smile:
- To capture the light from those burning candles, turn off your flash. Hold the camera extra steady on a railing, the back of a chair, a table, or against a door frame to prevent blurry pictures.
- Get Close. Fill the camera’s viewfinder or LCD display with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Step in close or use your camera's zoom to emphasize what is important and exclude the rest.
- Red eye is easy to remove these days with picture editor software or at a Kodak Kiosk. But why not prevent red eye in the first place? Ask your subject to look at your shoulder rather than directly at the camera. Turning on all the room lights also helps.
- Stay within the flash range. The typical digital camera flash range is 6 to 10 feet, up to 15 feet for film cameras. Subjects that are outside the flash range will be either too dark or too light. Check the camera manual and make sure your subject is within the flash range.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.
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