Consider photography a photojournalism project
Big moments—birthdays and proms, graduations and reunions—are unquestionably worthy of photos. But consider photographing ordinary moments as well. “The things your kids do every day are the things you’ll find it most difficult to remember as they get older,” says Amy Drucker, photographer and author of the recent book Real Life Family Photography. “They’re eating cereal and putting on socks and learning how to zip jackets. Those things are part of their story.” Drucker recommends considering the task of photographing family as if it were a photojournalism assignment. “You have these milestones that are the point A and point B of the story,” she says, “but in between those two points there’s detail and color.” Capture those moments, and you’ll have photos you’ll treasure forever. Check out these genius uses for your cell phone camera.
Choose a camera
With so many types of cameras available, have no fear you’ll be able to find a suitable option that fits your budget. Before purchasing anything new, consider what you’ll need from the equipment; a family that spends most of their time outdoors might want a camera with different features than a family that spends most of their time in a dimly lit ballet studio. For a camera that will allow you maximum experimentation, choose one with an interchangeable lens. “That way, the camera can grow with you,” says Drucker. If you’re not in the market for anything new, the camera on your smartphone is a great option. Drucker recommends holding the phone horizontally with both hands and avoiding the flash and zoom features. Try these tricks for taking better photos with your smartphone.