The great bond between parent and child can produce some truly memorable images. In fact, BetterPhoto members and instructors have captured some wonderful portraits that show the loving relationship between father and daughter, father and son. And, of course, that special family occasion - Father's Day - offers great opportunities to capture cherished memories in pictures. Following are some thoughts on photographing Fathers Day Celebration Ideas.
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Tips for Photographing Fathers Day Celebration Ideas:
Composing Your Image: Study the innovative pictures by BetterPhoto members and instructors, and you'll see such a wide array of camera angles and perspectives.
Many BP images involve formal or casual portraits - whether full-length shots or tight close-ups. Most, however, involve striking candids - whether at play or engaged in loving moments. In some cases, the faces aren't even shown - for example, a dad pointing out the ins and outs of a ball game. Other times, the hands of father and child link to form a strong symbolic gesture.
Lighting Your Subjects: Nothing beats the beauty of pleasing natural light. A solid overcast sky, in fact, acts like a giant white umbrella to cast soft and even light. But late-day or early-morning sunlight can put your subject in a beautiful warm glow. Also consider sidelight or window light for a striking mood portrait. Harsh, sunny midday? Fill in the shadows with fill-in flash, or move your subjects into open shade.
The only limiting factors in photographing dads and children are your own imagination. Don't be afraid to experiment with angles of light and viewpoint. Frame both horizontals and verticals. Color or black and white? Go for both!
Resources for Fathers Day Celebration Ideas
BetterPhoto's Gallery of Father and Child photos:
Related how-to articles:
Related BetterPhoto online courses:
Father and Son: Passing the Game Down
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
The content manager and course advisor for BetterPhoto.com, Kerry Drager is also the co-author (with Jim Miotke) of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography (2011) and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light (2012). In addition, he teaches this online photography course at BetterPhoto: Creative Light & Composition.
Be sure to check out Kerry's Pro BetterPholio website - www.kerrydrager.com - and his instructor bio page.
Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.
Also see his Visual Creativity photography blog, and follow Kerry on Facebook.
Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, in the country near Sacramento, California, with their six Newfoundland dogs, four cats, two horses, and a mixed terrier.