3) Camera at the ready!

It is a good idea to have your camera ready to shoot when you are in the house. Pictures of your children playing with their favourite doll, climbing a tree in the garden or just covered in breakfast are the images that you will treasure when they are grown. The moment may pass by the time you find the camera at the back of the drawer and remove it from its case.

Taking pics of the kids as they do normal things around the house is another way to get them used to behaving naturally in front of the camera, they will hardly notice that you are photographing them after a few times.

When you are out and about with your family try to either keep your camera out or at least use a case that allows you to remove the camera quickly. I am amazed at the quality of images that can be had from the latest tiny compact digital cameras. I have just bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300 to slip in my pocket when I am travelling. I used it on a recent trip to Berlin and was extremely pleased with the results. As we did a lot of walking, it was nice not to have to carry my very heavy Nikon D3 around the museums and sights.

Below are a few of the pics taken in Berlin with the Cyber-shot. Although I wouldn’t use it for professional work, it is more than capable of producing very good quality holiday and family snaps. Having it at the ready meant I was also able to grab the shot of Lesley and the strudel before its rapid disappearance.

Lesley and the dissapearing strudel

Lesley and the disappearing strudel

Holocaust Memorial Garden

The Reichstag

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  1. My friend, who takes marvellous pictures, gets a bit tired of people asking him which is the best sort of camera to get. He says the best camera is the one you’ve got in your hand when the moment comes along. Makes sense to me!
    Best wishes

    By Pamela in Oxford at 9:48 pm on Feb 27, 2009

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