|High-end cameras or smartphones|
are all good for taking photos.
Tickle their funny bones. Don’t ask everyone to say cheese—you’ll end up with a bunch of fake, plastered smiles (or some crazy faces from mischievous kids). Instead tell a joke or burst out with your own belly laugh. That should get people laughing honestly—or at least cracking a smile.
|Early morning is a good time for outdoor photos.|
Stay indoors. If the weather isn’t right for outdoor pictures, stay indoors—but be wary of backgrounds that are too “busy.” A good way to solve the problem of “where should we stand?” is to purchase a white foam board at a craft store or tape white butcher paper on a wall or door for a backdrop. White reflects and diffuses light, which is helpful in rooms without natural light.
|Choose any type of camera for|
recording family get togethers.
Move in. When you’ve finished taking the inevitable group shots, try focusing tight shots on one or two subjects. Get close with the camera to snap cute expressions. Close-ups are often the best and most memorable images, even if the subject isn’t perfectly centered or part of the subject is slightly cut off--techniques even professional photographers often use. Notice bright colors, interesting faces, and good lighting--then zoom in.
|Does your family look like this when they all get together?|
Photos from free sources.