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We have a frame like this for each one of our children. It has a space for pictures from birth to age 18, with spaces for pictures every 3 months until the age of 2. With 6 children, and a 7th coming soon, professional studio portraits can be very expensive. For a while, I used Sears or Penney's Photo Studio, but that even started to bust my budget as we added more children to the family.
My solution was to try to take professional looking pictures myself. I read as much as I could about taking professional quality portraits with a digital camera at home. Through a lot of trial and error, here is what I have learned:
- Go outside. You can't beat natural lighting. A cloudy day is best.
- Use the portrait setting on your camera.
- Force the flash. This means don't use the "red eye" setting or the "auto" setting. This forces the flash to activate, even if your camera thinks there is enough light. Notice the sparkle in her eye? That is from the flash.
- Back up and use the zoom.
- Use a free photo editing program, like Picasa by Google, to enhance your picture.
That's what "Works for Me"!
*Posted by Myfriendconnie, not MaddieLynn