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Date: 11/24/13 9:43 AM

Any photographers out there with some tips for us?

I feel like a dork when I try to pose like a model, plus no one wants to take the time to shoot 50 photos, I can get three out of my son (who's over 6 feet tall and refuses to shorten up, all my photos have tiny short legs.) What do I do to get more exciting shots?

And lighting....I try to go outside, but it's not always practical. Sometimes the light is too harsh outside, other times not bright enough.

I just have a little digital camera, a Kodak with 12 megapixels. Sometimes my photos seem a bit fuzzy and I don't know why. If it's the camera, or the distance from the camera, or what.

Any suggestions would be great as I'd love to get some better photos.

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Date: 11/24/13 11:42 AM

There have been extensive and informative discussions of this subject here, and even an article with tips from a professional photographer, but after years on pr, I cannot figure out exactly how to search for them!

No doubt someone cleverer than I will join in here (I hope).

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Date: 11/24/13 12:46 PM

I'm not a photographer but getting a small tripod has been a huge help for me. I have an inexpensive camera (Canon Powershot Elph 8 megapixels) but still manage to get some ok pics from it.
I take my own pics by setting my camera on the tripod, focusing it where I'm going to stand and using the timed-shot feature. It works pretty good.
If I'm taking close-up pics I use the 'tulip' or macro setting.
I upload my pics to Photobucket which I've used for about 10 years now...super easy to use.

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Date: 11/24/13 1:08 PM

Most cameras engage the autofocus when the shutter button is halfway depressed. Trouble is, if you plan to take a self portrait with the timer-- when does the camera autofocus? When you start the countdown, and you haven't yet posed? Or, ideally, just before the shutter is activated?

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Date: 11/24/13 2:03 PM

It takes the focus before starting the countdown. That is why you often want to have something behind you or put in place where you are going to stand--a table or something--for the auto focus to lock on to. When you stand directly in front of It (or move it if you can do so in the countdown) the focus will still be sharp at that point. Not ideal, but the countdown timer wouldn't quite work if it waited to focus until before the shutter goes.

Alternatively, manually focus you camera on something in place of where you plan to stand, then focus shouldn't be a problem. That requires a little more knowledge about how to use your camera'a manual focus.

Honestly, I take pictures Using the timer function on my cell phone. I know, crazy right?! My phone is a 3yr old smart phone but it gets the job done. My only difficulty is getting it high enough and standing upright to take the photos :P

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Date: 11/24/13 4:45 PM

When I am setting up my shot, I press the button down halfway to focus; if I like it I press it all the way down which then starts the timer.

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Date: 11/24/13 8:01 PM

Wow, I didn't know all that stuff about the autofocus. I'll have to read my manual and experiment with that. I'm sure my son and husband don't know either.

I'll have to figure out how to do that with my self-timer. Sounds complicated.

Thanks for the help.

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Date: 11/24/13 9:45 PM

You will be surprised how easy it is. You just look in your menu for the timer feature, set how many seconds you want before the shot, then it's just a matter of pressing your shutter botton. My camera focuses automatically and I'm sure yours does too. Have fun!

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Date: 11/25/13 3:10 PM

Ashford posted this tip on taking photos of yourself

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Date: 11/25/13 4:37 PM

Annette,

Here are a couple articles we published a while ago (but they are still very good) which might be helpful.

Sew Style and Shoot
Taking better photos of your work

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