Paul Contino | Photographs

Newsletter Issue No. 4

Multiple exposure image of the moon at just about peak penumbral coverage from last Thursday evening’s partial lunar eclipse

As the holidays are just around the corner, family photos for greeting cards are a priority. I’ve got a couple of recommendations in order to help you take those photos yourself!

I want to take better (family) portraits

Recently I held a one-on-one virtual lesson with a friend of mine, mother to three lovely children. Recently she took her newborn to a department store to have photos taken professionally. Unfortunately, they did not come out well, and decided maybe best to take photos herself. We discussed about her considering two situations in bringing out the most in childhood images:

Something you probably noticed about the two above images, as well as those photographs in the galleries (if you clicked on them), is that the majority of the photos are not “super high resolution” as much of todays phones and cameras produce. When it comes to memories of your family, it’s most important to capture those special moments as they happen, regardless of how “high tech” your camera or phone may be.

Suggestions for a Camera Purchase

My recommendation to those starting out photographing family and portraits of children looking to purchase a camera are:

(1) a camera with an included zoom lens - normally referred to as a “kit lens” as the camera and lens are packaged together as a “kit”. Helpful as an all-around lens for wide and tight shots.

(2) a 50mm lens with an aperture of f/1.8 or similar. A 50mm lens will create pleasing portraits with shallow depth of field (which makes those blurry backgrounds) and will make you a better photographer in general!

Keep in mind lots of camera deals occur the weekend and even through a couple of weeks just after Thanksgiving!

From my Readers

Nick Gresh, a friend and photographer from my old stomping grounds, sent in a couple of autumnal images of the Wissahickon Creek from the Valley Green section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The creek meanders alongside an historic tree-lined gravel path, eventually connecting with the Schuylkill River (pronounced Skoo-Kill). View more of Nick’s work here: @nicholasgresh

What I’m …

Enjoy those moments with family

Interested in figuring out which camera best suits what you are looking for, or some extra help in taking better portraits? Let’s set up a virtual lesson and I’ll get you going. Let me know what your goal is and we can get you all set up!

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