Having children served as a catalyst for both of us and sparked a renewed interest in photography because we wanted to get better pictures of our newborn infants. We both realized that mobile phones and pocket cameras weren’t quite cutting it, and we wanted something more that would really capture those precious early days in much higher detail. In this episode we talk a little bit about the camera gear we bought to help us get better pictures, but mostly we will focus on the experience of what it was like to document the first few weeks of our childrens’ lives. We’ll touch on a few techniques that we found useful and how our styles changed with each subsequent child.
What good is a camera that can’t zoom in and out? A lot, as it turns out. We’ll discuss our experiences with lenses that zoom and lenses that don’t (called Primes) and why both are good in different situations. Each of us has experience with both kinds of lenses and we will explore how we have used them, what their different strengths and weaknesses are, and why dads (or moms) who want to take better pictures of their kids might be better off with a lens that doesn’t zoom at all.
Note: Phil’s internet died while recording this, but we wrapped it up with Part 2 a few days later. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLotOodOTPs
Taking pictures at home or around the neighborhood is one thing, but what about when we pack up for vacation? Do we bring our cameras, lenses, tripods, and macro filters or leave all of that at home and just go with a pocket camera or mobile phone? Is there a middle ground that can meet our needs without worrying about not having what we need to get the shot? (Or does it even matter if we get the shot–after all, we’re on vacation!) We’ll talk about our own approach to vacation photography and what tactics have worked well for us over the years, as well as some challenges we still face.
Almost all parents in today’s tech-centered society will deal with the question of whether to share photos of their kids and family members online. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, or a host of other social media platforms there are often questions that arise and issues that go well beyond just sharing a smiling picture of your child playing ball. Phil and Simon each have their own approach when it comes to sharing pictures publicly and we will talk about what we do, which platforms we use, and some of the benefits as well as drawbacks of putting our precious memories online for the world to see.
Many parents have kids who participate in traditional sports such as baseball, football, soccer, basketball, etc. In this episode, we talk about the kinds of sports our kids have played and the challenges we’ve faced in trying to get good photographs. Different sports require different techniques. With this in mind, we’ll be discussing both the equipment and the techniques we use to get good sports photos under varying circumstances.
Today’s show also features a guest appearance by Nebraska photographer Ben Hollingsworth, who shares many things he has learned over the years with photographing all manner of sporting events. You can see some of his sports-related photographs over at his website, Prairie Rim Images.
Photos, photos everywhere! We’ve got photos on our phones, photos on our computers, photos in the cloud, and a few even printed and hung on the walls. Especially after a celebration such as Christmas or a kid’s birthday, your collection of digital photos has no doubt increased by a few hundred, or maybe even a few thousand.
In this episode we will explore our own methods of storing pictures, organizing them, and making sure we can find the pictures we want when we want to. How do we decide which photos are keepers, and what do we do with the large percentage that aren’t worth saving? Phil relies heavily on Google Photos as a central component of his picture management solution, while Simon is more into Lightroom and doesn’t do as much with cloud-based solutions.
With presents to open, treats to eat, and people to see it can be a big enough hassle just to survive the Christmas holiday season much less actually take photos of everything. And if you do want to document the drama do you use a DSLR, mobile phone, pocket camera, or just let Uncle Bob take care of all the pictures while he relaxes in his easy chair? In this inaugural episode of Camera Dads, we will discuss our approach to photographing the holidays: everything from taking pictures of the kids while they unwrap gifts to candid shots of friends and family to even risking a few formal poses in front of the Christmas Tree. We’ll also discuss our philosophy behind holiday photography and how we know (or don’t know) when it’s time to put the camera away and just enjoy the moment.
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