Voice of Pelham – Article #11

Picture Primer Tip

I haven’t shared my Picture Primer Photo Tips column from the Voice of Pelham here on my blog in a while. I can’t believe that we’re already on the 11th week of the featured tips. Wow!

With Pelham Summerfest just around the corner, this week’s tip is highly relevant. Have a read and hope to see you at the festivities this weekend! If you’re interested in checking out some of my past columns, I’ve blogged them here, here, here and here.


Picture Primer Photo Tips – Photographing Summerfest

Originally published in the Voice of Pelham, July 17th, 2013

With Pelham Summerfest this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips as to how you can take better pictures outdoors while at an event. There will be lots of activity happening at Summerfest including games, eating, drinking, shopping, music, dancing, and much more!

Here’s 5 tips how you can make the most of the pictures you take from Summerfest:

  1. Use the “Action” or “Sports” mode on your camera. There will be lots of movement and activity, so when you use these modes on your camera, it allows you to better “freeze the frame”.
  2. For “grip and grin” photos (where you ask your kids to smile at the camera), try and find shade so that they aren’t squinting. If you can’t, put the sun to their back so that their face is in shade.
  3. Be sure to take a few overall pictures of the events and activities so that you can better “paint a picture” and tell the story of the event (remember my Picture Primer tip a few weeks ago about telling better stories?).
  4. Capture candid photos. You don’t always have to ask your kids to smile at the camera, sometimes the best moments are when they don’t know you’re taking a photo.
  5. Have fun, and remember to get in the photo yourself!

Enjoy the weekend and the festivities – perhaps I’ll see you around. Come say “Hello” if you see me, I’d love your feedback on these Picture Primer columns. My wife and I will be wandering around with our 4-month old daughter and of course, I’ll have my camera in hand!


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