June 29, 2010

My teeny, tiny attempt to encourage you ...

TO. GET. IN. THE. PICTURE!

You don't have to be tricky, or fancy, or wearing the latest fashions with every hair in place. Just get in the picture. Your family & friends will thank you. And you might be thankful yourself someday. ;-)

At arm's length (this works particularly well with a point & shoot camera, but also works just fine with dslrs, too):

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Or look for reflections and shadows:

reflections & shadows

Learn your camera's self-timer function - set it, place your camera somewhere safe & sturdy, and run!!

With my camera on the ground …

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Set on a chair/stool …

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Propped on my camera bag …

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Propped on a fellow Photowalk attendee’s backpack …

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Placed on a rock …

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On a hand rail ...

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As a last resort (ha!), you can always hand your camera [drumroll, please] to someone else!

pass the camera


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24 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

I love your happy smile when you are with your family! Beautiful!

Amy said...

Love these thoughts! Though I think long arms help with the self-portrait thing ... :-)

Emily M. said...

Love these pics! Thanks for the reminder to get in the picture--that doesn't happen very often.

BigDude said...

Hmmmm...I think this is my favorite post....Evuhhh!!

Skeller said...

Awww, BD. I knew there was a reason I married you! ;-)

Heidi said...

Sigh. But I don't want to SEE myself!

stephanie wind said...

Great post!!!

Anita Johnson said...

I wish I had seen this post 22 years ago when my kids were little...I always seem to MIA or worse yet, caught in a less than flattering way. I have a lovely photo of myself power washing the deck from last spring. The safety googles sort of match my outfit!

Holly said...

how do you get them framed up so well????

every time I try it I get 1/2 face or an ear/nothing else....

I'm not phobic but I would like a chance to see more than my chin!

Mackenzie said...

Love this post! You have a beautiful smile and I am so inspired to get in the pictures from this post!

Tracy P. said...

Love this, Susan, although I agree about the long arms. ;-) My kids love it when I hand the camera to them, and they surely do make me smile. Very good reminder!!

Skeller said...

Holly -
I shoot as wide angle as possible. With 15-35mm (on a full frame camera) I can get 1-3 people in the pic. I usually hold the camera straight out or above my head angled down (you can tell which are which by looking at the pics in the first set - more often than not, over my head...)

Misty said...

Great post Susan!

edda said...

What a great post! I love it! Thank you for the reminder. =)

tara k said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!! what a fabulous, important, beautiful reminder that we count, too. thanks so much, susan! :D

~SarahInParis said...

Awesome. So very true!

Annette said...

Great post as usual. You are right, we need to get in the picture more often. I will work on that this summer.

Jane Cato said...

Love your post! Am trying to GET IN THE PICTURE. Making a little progress!

Claudia said...

lovely pictures and a beautiful idea!

Angie May said...

Thanks for the tips. Just found your site, can't wait to read more :)

Anonymous said...

New to your blog, LOVE it. As a mom myself, and a up and coming photographer, I am always asked about why I'm not in the photos more ! I laughed at your post reference the "gasp, hand your camera to someone else" !! That is so true and yes, I think we all gasped at that thought alone once or twice in our lives ! :) Thank you for the wonderful ideas ! I will check in often on your blog :)
Amy Dawson - Camano Island, WA

Mimi said...

Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder! My mother in law tells my husband all the time that she doesn't believe i actually exist sometimes =) Thankfully my daughter is loving taking pics too, so we can take pics of each other =)

Suki said...

Handing the camera to someone else is a huge gift and blessing. I wish more people would do that, although I have a hard time doing it myself.

You are beautiful, susan!

Family Valois said...

oh happy to have found this blog. What a great post, and you have a great smile!!!