I meet many fellow photographers who are the “family photographer” and consequently are never in their family pictures. WHAT!!!! I hear this all the time. It is easier now than ever to make sure you are included in every family photo that you take.
I recently visited Wisconsin (my home state) to go to a Badger Football Game and visit with my relatives. My niece invited us all over for brunch and it was a perfect time for the family photo. I arranged for everyone and my sister (who is also a photographer) to set up the camera on a tripod. Here are some tips for using a timer so you can be in the photo.
- Set the camera to manual focus and manually focus on the middle row of people
- Set the camera to a low ISO (100 or 200) and aperture-priority (around f/11)
- Set the timer to 10 seconds. (make sure you do not set to 2 sec; that will not be enough time)
- Depress the shutter and run like heck to get in the photo. Make sure there is a space for you.
Make this a point to include yourself in your family photos. Your kids and the rest of your family will thank you someday.
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