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

Tip 496 (Use props to get height constraints even): This applies more when you are taking fun photos. Suppose you are shooting photos of people on a vacation, and there are adults and children. Get the children to clamber onto rocks, ladders, or onto the shoulders of adults in order to get the right height positioning.

Tip 497 (Festival photos): When people are gathered together for festivals such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Chinese New Year, or similar, make it a point to take your camera. You can get photos of family members who find it difficult to meet at other occasions and such photos make for good memories.

Tip 498 (Get interesting angles): In an earlier tip, I had advocated taking photos from eye level, but you can get fun photos by varying the angle from which you take photos. Take photos from overhead, from the side, or from ground level, and some of those photos can really appeal, especially if you are taking photos of younger people.

Tip 499 (Get the subject to be a part of the photo): When shooting occasion specific photos, make sure that you are incorporating the occasion; so if you are shooting anniversary related photos, get more photos of people with the couple; when shooting birthday photos, get photos of family members with the birthday boy / girl.

Tip 500 (Use software to add people to photos): Shot the great family photo, and then realized that one member was not present. Worry not. You can still get the perfect photo. Shoot the family member separately standing or sitting normally (preferably with a blank background), and then incorporate the family member through photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop CS4 or Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

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