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Photo tips for shooting great family photos (contd) ..

Tip 476 (Adding a pet into the photo equation): When you have a family pet, the family photo does not seem complete without taking a photo of the pet in the same frame. However, handling pets can be a bit more complicated; and can sometimes result in chaos. If the pet cooperates, then the photo is smooth, however, it would make sense to have the pet owner handle the pet to ensure cooperation.

Tip 477 (Photos specifically of a pet such as the cat): Dogs are much more cooperative in terms of photo, since they are used to being handled, directed, and kept on leashes. Cats however are not so cooperative, and it is difficult to get them to pose for a photo. Simpler is to get the family near the cat when the cat is on the couch or wherever, and get the photos off before the cat walks off.

Tip 478 (Get somebody to hold the child): If there are only 1-2 children, and the children are less than 5 years old, get people to hold the children rather than getting them to stand as part of the group. This will help you to focus on the faces and upper body of the adults since the children will be in the same frame.

Tip 479 (Use photo processing software): Using photo processing software such as Adobe Photoshop CS4 or Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 to get rid of blemishes, freckles, or other such problems with the photos. You can get some great results by using such software.

Tip 480 (Take candid / realistic photos): Taking those posed photos look great for mounting on walls, or placing on coffee tables, but also consider taking a larger set of shots taken as people are being natural. You get some great photos, especially when you have the family either playing together, or relaxing together, or even when some family members are working on the same thing.

Digital Photography for Children’s and Family Portraiture (Paperback)

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