I posted a picture to Facebook.com yesterday and it went viral. OK, viral’s a strong word, but it’s the most popular picture I’ve ever posted to FB, and I’ve posted thousands. The most common reaction is “Wow! Awesome picture!” This is followed almost immediately by, “Who took it?” I did. And here’s how: There are bunch of rules to shooting kids – which is probably why I hate shooting kids. Actually, I usually just hate shooting YOUR kids. Shooting my kids is the whole reason I bought a DSLR. We had a lot of fun creating the “masterpiece” shown on FB, which this very minute has 393 Likes and 68 Comments. This is a record for me. There were a few things I did to make this happen, and a few circumstances I got lucky with.
- Cool kids who don’t mind posing for Dad’s silly photo ideas
- A camera with a timer or remote shutter control
- A tripod or other sturdy place to set your camera
- Knowledge of how to use your camera
My first thought? I can do that; and I can do it better.
A camera with a timer or remote shutter control
A tripod or other sturdy place to set your camera
Knowledge of how to use your camera
Ready? First shot:
I got a regular, boring, smiling shot of the kids in the driveway. But then I remembered they all had new shoes. Liv’s shoes especially are pretty cool.
Better already. Jake’s not looking too enthused, but this isn’t new. Time for some fun.
Remember back along when I said we’d talk about the timer later? It’s later. The ten-second timer goes something like this: 8 seconds of beep. beep. beep. beep; then 2 seconds of beepbeepbeepbeepbeep; then “click” Picture taken. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty stressful for those last two seconds. When beepbeepbeep starts, you jump. We leapt into the air, landed, heard “click.” Crap. Missed it. Take 2:
Stressful, I tell you. Again, we missed it. Beth says, “I’ll go when you say go!” No pressure. Let’s try again before the kids are late for school.
Oops, I almost forgot. It’s so easy to steal other people’s work (see Fig 1 above) that you should always watermark your stuff with a little ad.
Ooh, and while you’re at it, share with all your friends on FB. Do this on the first day of school, when you know people are watching, and sit back and let the magic happen right in front of your very eyes. You can even crop, apply a filter, and share on Instagram.
Questions? Go ask your mother. Or, leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you – promise.
To see this pic in it’s glory on BigCalfGuy’s FB page, head on over. Like me when you get there.