Hello Friends with cameras and children!
If you're here, it's because you are a smart parent who is thinking ahead to the summer and want to prepare for taking the best possible photos of your brood when the time comes!
And I'm here to give you the tools, shortcuts and tips to prepare for this!
We only have 5 days together, so there will be limits to what I can and cannot do, so just so that everyone is on the same page, let me give it to you straight:
Here is what I will do :
Here is what I will NOT do :
I will say this - if you have a camera, and you're not sure what you're doing with it, and you want to actually use it this summer, you should absolutely check out our flagship Fundamentals course. It is both about what you're doing with the camera and its many buttons and dials with a really solid grounding in photography fundamentals BUT ALSO photography composition AND using light in photography ALL with a firm focus on photographing children!
Your part in all this :
I don't care if you have a camera-camera, or if you have a phone camera. I expect you to take photos with it! I expect you to read / watch my musings, not laugh at my bad puns but to get to that challenge point and make a plan on how you're going to shoot this thing! and then do it! And then show me in the group! OK? OK.
Plan for the week :
So now that we're all clear about what's going on, let's talk about the plan for the week:
Today is Sunday, but I'm giving you Monday materials now, so you can get ready.
Monday is about setting up : I want you to think about what you actually want to capture, how you work with your kids, and how to get some variety in this. I am giving you 2 versions of a storytelling approach that will help you get more varied images. You will be using this approach for the rest of the week, so I want you to pay attention, OK?
Tuesday is a big one : Light! I will be helping you see the light you have - but see it like your camera sees it! And then we'll troubleshoot typical summery scenarios and how your knowledge of light might affect them.
On Wednesday we'll take on water - there are many different ways that water plays a part in our summer adventures, but a few solid principles on how to shoot it, regardless of the kind of body of water you have - the sea, the padling pool or a sprinkler - will set you on the right path
On Thursday we'll do some some ideas for 'summer at home' photos. For most of us, the majority of summer is spent close to home, but it doesn't mean it's any less fun for the kids. And if you are not one of those people and you spend your whole summer in some exotic location, we cannot be friends.
Finally on Friday well, I have a few options for that one! I'll see how this week goes and what you may need more and slot that in. So there you go - surprise!
Let's do it!