Thursday, February 12, 2009

Photo 101

Now this is gonna be good. Me explaining how a picture was taken.

Many of you have wanted to know how these pictures were taken.

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Well its pretty simple. You might not even believe me when I tell you.

  • Have your subject get on their knees
  • Stand over the top of them with them looking up
  • get as close as you can without them going out of focus
  • snap the picture

Told ya easy

Now the difficult part is this


Keeping younger sister from putting her fingers into the shot


Keeping your feet out of the shot

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Keeping younger sister from crawling into shot with you


and then messing your hair up


And again keep younger sister from messing with your hair, and then having the other younger sister (me), wait until older sister is ready. :)

If you need to and your subjects are being difficult...

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Pop them in the head to get them in line....


Two other tips to make your big head little body photo shoot go well are these...

  • Make sure there knees are in the picture
  • shoot on a solid surface (green grass works best)

The camera used was a Nikon D80 with the smaller of my lenses, I do not know what the name of the lens is. Its a standard lens, maybe its the 18-135mm (Lisa says 18-55)???? I also have my camera on auto ALL the time. I know, I know I am hearing the gasps now, but I don't know all the settings, and frankly when I try to learn them it just overwhelms me. :(

So go try it out this weekend. Then I want to see what you come up with. :)



Archie Mck said...

The behind the scenes photos/commentary might be better than the finished product!

Lisa said...

Your lens is something like a 18-55mm. Wide angle lenses work best for this type shoot.

By the way, do you only have B-A-D pictures of me on your computer? Just wondering....


a Tonggu Momma said...

I crack up every time I stop by here. Thanks for the directions because this... THIS... I just might be able to manage.

mah-meeee said...

you always take such great pictures!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..what a great trick...I may have to try this one!
-sandy toe

jennifer said...

Laughing at Lisa's comment. You REALLY need to post some purty pics of your sister. She might start a "blog about the blog - the true stories of Valarie Lea" if you don't.

And I WILL be taking pics of my kids like this :)

Southerner said...

Thanks for posting the how to. I can't wait to try this!

Muthering Heights said...

Thanks for the tips....your photos are always so nice!

Simply_Pam said...

I'm just hoping my daughter doesn't see this and want me to get on my knees ... I will never be able to get up again.. funny shots.. might have to try it with the grands .. thanks for the tips.

littletoesandcheerios said...

So COOOOL. You know I'll be making my husband do this soon. And yippie he has a large head so it wil turn out pretty good!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Girl you are crazy....and I love it! :)

Leigh said...

Fabulous pictures! You and ytour sis...and your kids-all gorgeous! What a great anc clever post. LOve these. I am so gonna do this.

jennifer said...

OK, I didn't give you Q, X, or Z... so how about T?

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Rhea said...

I love it! Bobble head photos. lol Good angle, Valarie, I love the results!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute pics. I especially love your commentary - too funny!

tipper said...

Glad you shared your secret-cause I was wondering!

Mrs4444 said...

I am definitely going to try this, but we haven't seen grass in MONTHS, so it might be snow, instead :)