Hello, and welcome to Taking your family photos to the next level! Thank you for being here – I’m really excited to help you improve your shots!
For those who haven’t been following me until now, I’m Barbara Asboth, and I’m a photographer with 8 years of experience shooting a range of genres, mostly portraits, lifestyle, weddings and other events. I’ve done headshots and promo campaigns for PlayStation, I’ve had portraits exhibited in Parliament in London and in several galleries around the world; and I am the author of the portrait book Faces of Shoreditch.
I’m also, importantly, a mum myself, and I’d really like to help other parents, like those around me, take better pictures of their family even when it’s not possible to have a professional shoot done.
In this course I will be taking you through all the steps I myself go through when planning and shooting family sessions. I’m condensing many years of learning and experience into simple steps; so if you follow each one and implement the tips next time you take photos, you should see instant improvement.
Let me say this: the aim of this course isn’t to help you become a family photographer. We won’t be talking about detailed camera settings, lenses, any specific extra equipment, the physics of light and the interaction with the camera, or how to deal with extreme situations, or anything like that. I’ve deliberately created it without any of that stuff, so it’s accessible to non-photographers, even people using just a mobile phone.
To be a professional photographer, you will of course need to know all of the extra stuff as well that I mentioned, and know it inside out, to be prepared to deal with any situation your client throws at you. But to keep this course focused on the immediate outcomes for busy parents, I have decided to keep it simple in that regard. If you are using a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, I can recommend familiarising yourself with the various settings and what they do, but you will probably be OK using Auto mode.
For those who want to get a little bit more control over settings but still without getting overly technical, you can give P mode a try (also called Program on some cameras), this is a great article to explain how that works: https://digital-photography-school.com/understanding-program-mode-on-your-camera/
And finally, I need to caveat everything I’m going to say in the lessons that are coming up with the disclaimer that they are designed to get you KEEPER photos. For snapshots, of course many of these things won’t matter. We need to differentiate between snapshots and keepers, as I call them. Snapshots are quick, unplanned photos, maybe to capture a truly unique moment you can’t wait for and just want a record of, like maybe your child’s first steps? Sure, you’re not going to plan that, just snap away as it happens. Keepers are shots that you put a bit more thought into, ones that would look good in your albums, your picture frames, on your wall, whatever you like. It’s normal to have a mix of snapshots and keepers; the difference is usually the level of planning and a bit of luck that goes into each shot. There are of course people whose snapshots look better than other people’s keepers, and that’s probably because of practice and experience. You can eventually up your snapshot game along with your keepers, if you keep using the tips in this course. Good luck!