Every Boxing Day we take a family walk to blow away the cobwebs. Everyone who is with us goes. It’s a very informal time, wellies and waterproofs are obligatory, but at the same time we want to capture the memory. Here’s my recipe for a great family walk photo.
We may not travel far on Boxing Day, but it’s nice to see where we did go. I always ensure that the surroundings are visible behind the subject.
It’s great to see your subjects in context, but try to avoid a fussy backdrop. Look for big sky and simple foregrounds. In this shot I’ve deliberately kept the background free from details, just a bit of fence and water, but no trees, gates or houses.
As I’ve mentioned before, don’t put your subject dead centre in the frame, it’s a recipe for a poor shot. Point the camera at the subject(s), depress the shutter half way to focus, then swing the camera round a little until the subject is off centre.
Pets can be a pain to photograph – they have no idea what you’re trying to do! In this case the dog added depth to the image. The fact that the dog is slightly forward of the girls adds depth to the image as well as interest. Try to arrange your subjects (if there’s more than one) so that they aren’t in a flat line across the image, bring one forwards to add a sense of depth.
So, there you have it: four simple ways to improve photographing your family walk or day out. Keep these in mind the next time you go for a walk with your camera and your family and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the results!
For those who have been commenting on post processing, here’s the original image. All the sliders in Lightroom have been reset. Please note that I shoot RAW, which means that by default images are flat to begin with. The post processing is not HDR, but is edited in Adobe Lightroom…