Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Take Those Pictures!

Today we were blessed to have professional photographer Mark Holm as our speaker.  He is a father of three grown children and worked many years as a newspaper photographer and photo editor.  Now he is a free-lance photographer.
While he showed us an amazing gallery of photos he took, primarily of his children, he shared some great tips for all of us:
  • Just take the pictures!  They tell a story, even if they aren't "perfect."
  • Don't "train" your kids to say "Cheese."  It is better to get the real-life stories and pictures most of the time.
  • Flash often takes away the real life aspect of the photo.  So, if possible, don't use it.  Instead, hold the camera still and use the natural light.
  • Don't be afraid to break the rules.  Some times you can get cool shots breaking rules like taking a photo into the sun.
  • Look at the lighting around you.  Look for warm and cool tones, and use those to your benefit.  If you need to, use the + and = keys on your camera to change the exposure to fully play up the natural lighting.
  • Once you have your pictures taken, keep them sorted in a method that makes sense to you. 
Thank you Mark for sharing your photography and advice with us!

The announcements for today were:
  • Small group play dates next week (September 24)
  • Craft Fair - We will need help setting up on Friday, November 1, tearing down Saturday, November 2, and with the bake sale.  Also, your small group will be working on a raffle basket, so see your discussion group leader for more information on that.
  • Moms' Night Out - September 27 from 7-9pm at Flying Star
  • Bible study Thursday mornings at Grace Church.
Our next meeting is October 1.  We will have a speaker on first aide and CPR!

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