Merry Christmas! Let your kids hold the camera today

Often the Christmas photos are taken from an adult perspective. However digital cameras are so easy to operate and cost zero dollars every time you hit the shutter, so...

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Often the Christmas photos are taken from an adult perspective. However digital cameras are so easy to operate and cost zero dollars every time you hit the shutter, so why not take this Christmas from your kids perspective. Kids see the world in a completely different way, so here are a few tips to capturing the event from 1ft, instead of 6ft.

Auto
While our cameras have more advanced modes, the simplest and easiest option is to hand over to someone who’s inexperienced. There are time though where the results from the Auto setting are pretty ordinary. Take night time as an example, when the flash pops up and fires automatically, overexposing and washing out the photo.

Shutter speed
While skilled photographers snipper like skills of stabilization, kids don’t. Often when they hit the got button, the camera will move and the resulting photo will be blurry beyond use. If you keep the shutter speed high, in a well light room, you’ll get blur-free photos.  

Levels
To avoid the up-the-nose style shots that are generated naturally from the height difference, you can use a couple of strategies. The first is to take shots at meal times. Shooting across the table means the height difference is taken out of the equation.

Shoot in RAW
Lighting in photos can be a bit of a mess at times, especially after the sun goes down. To have some addition control over the lighting of photos, you can set the camera to RAW (if available) and adjust it in post.

Embrace the strap
Some of our cameras are pretty expensive and some of our floor coverings are rather solid. The two should never 1meet. To avoid having the camera crash into the tiled floor, then ensure the camera operator is wearing the neck strap at all times.

With all that in mind, go and enjoy the day and hand that camera to your children for a very different photo album this Christmas. Merry Christmas from all the writers at techAU, it’s been another amazing record year and we have the readers that continually spread the word to thank for it. Cheers!

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