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Tips For Photographing The Elderly

Photographing the elderly can be just as difficult as taking photographs of the kids. However you shouldn’t let that stop you, after all, how many opportunities will you have to take their photo?

I personally enjoy taking photos of the older generation – their wisdom, experience and genuine expressions are right there waiting to be captured on film. Here are some tips which I think will help you.

Photograph Them In Action

Often when we think of the elderly we think of an old person sitting down. Let’s change that attitude and try to photograph them when they are out and about doing something. Many elderly people I know are members of clubs, do exercise and enjoy walking and other fitness activities. So get out there and photograph them in action.

Photograph Them With Other Family Members

One person is interesting. Two people are even more interesting – particularly when the image is one of varying generations – grandson and grandma for example. Include other family members and photograph the interaction that takes place. Don’t forget to take photographs of them doing childlike activities as well – this allows you to get a rare glimpse into what they might have been like as a child.

Photograph Them Up Close

Our natural instinct is to take a photograph with many things in the background to fill the shot. Forget that for a moment and focus on capturing just them – their face and features. A picture is definitely worth a thousand words in these types of images so allow their image to fill the screen.

Experiment With Colour, Black and White and Other Features

Don’t just snap a photo and leave it at that. Experiment with colour, black and white and sepia tones to find the right style to capture the image. Changing the image can really bring a photograph alive or create a sense of history even if the photograph was only taken this morning.

Whether you are taking a casual photo or want something more formal, allow them to be themselves without too much direction. Turn of the flash to avoid distraction and just let them relax into the setting before you take the picture. And then snap away. You are sure to get some priceless images that the whole family can enjoy.

Simple Steps For Taking A Good Photograph

For you to get the best results with your personalised piece of jewellery from us, it can depend on the quality of the photograph that you have taken. As such, I thought it worthwhile to mention some simple steps for taking a good photograph. These steps are not targeted to the professional end of the scale but more towards the casual photographer that has a fairly basic digital camera.

• Take the time to read the manual for the camera and understand how the settings work. With most modern digital cameras often some of the automatic settings take a lot of the guess work out of the set up for the photograph so it can be easier and quicker to use them.
• As obvious as it sounds, make sure the lens is clean and doesn’t have any dirt or fingerprints on it. If you need to clean the lens do it properly as detailed in the manual.
• Set the white balance to the condition of the lighting. The white balance is the camera’s way for compensating for various conditions by shifting the colours in different ways. Often the auto setting works well but sometimes it can overcompensate under certain conditions so check it first.
• Try to fill the frame with your picture and not have other surrounding elements that may detract from the picture. Remember though that with most modern cameras you crop and modify with software at a later stage.
• Consider taking the picture from a different angle instead of front on. Sometimes a picture taken from a different angle can provide a better photograph.
• Make sure you are in focus and if your camera has an automatic focus feature then use it.
• Make sure you keep still when taking the photograph as even the slightest movement can result in a blurred picture. If practical, consider using a tripod.

These are just some simple tips; there are so many more that could apply depending on the type of equipment you are using as well as your ability.

Don’t forget that often the best shots can be taken when least expected so don’t always let the technique and tips get in the way of a spontaneous picture.