The Spaghetti Shots by Courtney Westlake
how to take better photos of your kids during everyday life

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It never fails – you get your child all dressed up in a specially chosen outfit, the lighting is absolutely perfect, the timing is absolutely perfect…and he refuses to smile. And of course the next day he has spaghetti all over his face and is grinning as cute as can be.

My advice? Take the spaghetti shots. Forget the perfectly planned photo sessions if they don’t go your way, and snap as many photos as you can of that precious face covered in red tomato sauce. It’s those moments – the spaghetti shots – that make learning how to photograph your children so important as a mom…

Geared specifically toward Nikon and Canon owners, The Spaghetti Shots is packed with information and humor from an award-winning children and family photographer and mom of 2 to teach you the basics of using your DSLR camera to capture everyday moments of your children – from birthday parties to play-doh creations – without anything extra to confuse you. In this quick read that can be completed over a lunch hour or during nap time, you will learn:

-what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are, with explanations that are easy to understand
-the differences between your camera settings
-the most flattering light to photograph in and where to find it
-what back-button focus is and how to use it so that your child is in focus every time – no more blurry shots!
-various editing options that are free or inexpensive
-how to interact with your child so that you get the best of them in your photos

Also included is a convenient "To Go" summary page that can be printed and tossed in your diaper bag to reference later!

About Courtney Westlake

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Published March 24, 2013 59 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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