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A Photo Project for the weekend - Candid Moments

by Eric Von Lehmden | November 18, 2011

One of the keys of taking good photographs is timing and being decisive. Notice I said photographs, not pictures. One of the main differences between a photograph and a snapshot is timing. This weekend a great project to practice your timing and capturing that decisive moment. You can do that by:

  1. Pick an action: laughter, natural smiling, daydreaming, playing alone, picking on brother...whatever it is pick an action that you want to catch over the weekend.
  2. Have your camera ready at all times and be watching for that action to arise. Sometimes you can even help that action come to the surface...That's not cheating.
  3. Fire away. Depending on the action you may have to be quick or sneaky. You may have to change perspective by getting on the floor or getting way up high.
  4. Try to get in as close as you can. I call this getting intimate with your subject. The further your subject is from you the less impact the photo makes. For example what looks better...a photo of your child laughing from across the room or a close up of just him filling the frame laughing and giggling.

I would love to see what you come up with over the weekend. On Monday be sure to post some photos to our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/canvaspress. You never know...there could be a sweet little prize for the best photo from the weekend. Ok, I'll tell you what it is. A free 8x10 aluminum print with free shipping (a $40+ value). So go take some great candid shots, then like us on Facebook so you can share your photo, and win a free Alumiprint from us at Canvas Press.

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