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(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 23, 2009 ) Are you a hobby photographer who aspires to take photos that rival those of the pros? Believe it or not, becoming an expert hobby photographer takes only one thing: Practice, and lots of it. With a ton of practice, you can easily become as talented and as skilled as professional photographers.
Do you need to capture some great shots for family heirlooms or scrapbooks? Believe it or not, you can easily take photographs that rival professional family portraits. Here are some tips and tricks from the folks at Haas Photography in Beaver Dam, WI, on how to take professional style style hobby photographs.
Learn What Makes Studio Portraits Great - "To take better family portraits, it is important to understand what exactly makes professional studio portraits so great. The thing about professional portraits is that they capture a moment that doesn't usually occur in people's real lives - a still, smiling moment with great lighting. The best way to accomplish this at a birthday party or family event is to ensure that the lighting is perfect for photos before your family even sits down to celebrate. While setting up for a family event, take a few test shots. Good lighting allows the viewer to clearly see the subject, but is not too glaringly bright."
Capturing The Moment - "It sounds like it would be easy to get all of your family members to sit still and say 'cheese,' right? Well, sometimes this can be a rather difficult task, especially for families with little kids. Rather than pulling teeth when everyone is trying to have fun, verbalize that you would like to take posed portraits at a certain time. If family members know that 'portrait time' is coming up, they will be more likely to sit still and smile."
Outsource Your Prints - "Even if you are a hobby photographer, you can still have a professional edit and process your prints. There are plenty of services available to hobby photographers that do more than simply print your photographs. Rather, they can re-touch and photoshop your prints, creating a beautiful and flawless finished project. Thus, even the most amateur of photographers can create beautiful photographs that rival those of professional studio portraits."
Even if you would like to take a few portraits, remember that "action shots" (or, photographs of your family "in the moment") are almost always preferable. Indeed, these are the pictures that best capture moments in time, and serve as fantastic family memories.
For more fantastic tips on finding the right photographer and taking great pictures, visit the Haas Photography blog at http://www.haasphoto.com/blog/.
And for the best portraits and professional pictures in Beaver Dam, WI, visit http://www.haasphoto.com.
Gary D. Haas