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Warm Up the Photo

Warm Up the Photo

It can be difficult to take a picture of a birthday cake with lit candles. I experimented with the white balance and set it on cloudy to warm up the picture. Adjusting your white balance can make a picture have cooler or warmer tones. Janet: Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD
Adjust to your Settings

Adjust to your Settings

Try adjusting your camera settings in less than ideal lighting situations. For low light pictures such as this one of the girls dancing, I used an ISO of 2500 to try and keep their dance moves from becoming too blurry. Janet: Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD
Personal Touch

Personal Touch

<p><p><p><p><p><p>It can be tricky as the host of the birthday party to take photographs and entertain all at the same time, but it can be done. As always, light is a huge factor in your photos; if you are not using flash, you may choose to have your child sit near a window or outdoors if weather allows when blowing out their birthday candles and opening presents in order to get a naturally well lit shot. If you're shooting indoors, it's beneficial to have a lens with a low aperture {1.8, 2.0, 2.8}, letting maximum amounts of light in to the camera when needed. I definitely think the key to capturing a birthday party is just catching all the beautiful decorations and personal moments that occur throughout the party! Guest Mom Amanda: Tamron 18-270mm Di VC PZD </p></p></p></p></p></p>
Playful Props

Playful Props

<p><p><p><p><p><p>Since my daughter's birthday is in the spring, I like to take photos outside. I think colorful shots, with bright clothing and props, make nice birthday photos. A simple prop makes the photos a bit more festive and gets the child to focus on something other than having his or her picture taken.</p></p> <p><p>Jeanne: Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC</p></p></p></p></p></p>
Zoom In for a Candid Moment

Zoom In for a Candid Moment

Zoom in for a candid moment and capture the party dress details! Positioning your subject wit the sun behind them gives you beautiful hair lighting. Use center or spot metering to be sure your subject is properly exposed. Jeanne: Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC
Capture the Moment

Capture the Moment

One of my favorite things to do when taking birthday pictures is to try and capture the moment when my children open a gift that they love! It isn't an easy task because within moments they are on to the next! Best tip? Put your camera on a sports mode which takes pictures one after another with a fast shutter speed so you can take a bunch of pictures within seconds of each other! Lynda: Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD
Birthday Fun

Birthday Fun

<p><p>Set up a "photo booth" with draped material in all shades to capture fun colorful shots. Don't forget to take pictures of the guests and other children with your child.</p></p> Stacie: Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 Di
Make a Whish

Make a Whish

<p><p>One of the most important pictures from any birthday party is getting a picture of the birthday boy or girl right before they blow out the candles. Set your ISO to about 800, put the camera in aperture-priority mode and open the aperture to the widest setting, and keep your flash off. Move your subject closer to the candles and shoot with a steady hand and your image stabilization on. Stacie: Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC </p></p>
Shake up the Shots

Shake up the Shots

<p><p>You can change and adjust your settings to put a creative spin on any photograph. Set your aperture to a wide open setting and focus on something int he foreground, like counting off the birthday on fingers, a cupcake or special gift. Your background will be out of focus and attention will be drawn to the story-telling part of the photo. Stacie: Tamron 18-200mm Di II</p></p>
You

You

<p><p><p><p>We all know that so much thought, time and effort is put into planning our little one's party. Don't be shy, be sure to take pictures of your hard work and creative successes. Position your cake creations or decorations close to a window or door to light the subject naturally;y. This way you will avoid harsh shadows on the wall or table behind your subject and you will capture a more natural setting. Stacie: Tamron 18-200mm Di II </p></p></p></p>
Colorful Cakes

Colorful Cakes

Take a picture of the cake before it’s sliced, sweet treats always make a nice cover for a photo album. Stephanie: Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 Di
Use your Surroundings

Use your Surroundings

<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>After you take pictures of the birthday cake, walk around and take pictures of the birthday party decorations. Take pictures of the food at the party and the surrounding atmosphere.</p> <p>Stephanie: Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 Di</p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>
Get Creative with Candids

Get Creative with Candids

<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>A birthday party is all about celebrating a special occasion. Try to avoid saying cheese while taking pictures, we want to convey the emotion and spirit behind the photographs. Stephanie: Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 Di</p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>
Have a Helper

Have a Helper

Birthday parties can be hectic so it’s important to designate a photographer for the party, so you can try and relax and enjoy the party. Stephanie: Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 Di
  • Warm Up the Photo
  • Adjust to your Settings
  • Personal Touch
  • Playful Props
  • Zoom In for a Candid Moment
  • Capture the Moment
  • Birthday Fun
  • Make a Whish
  • Shake up the Shots
  • You
  • Colorful Cakes
  • Use your Surroundings
  • Get Creative with Candids
  • Have a Helper

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Tips for Birthday Party Photos

by Mom-to-Mom

There is so much fun to capture at a birthday party. And the moms are here this month with a few tips to make the most of your hectic party shooting. A little pre-planning and on the spot adjustments can ensure some great photo memories. ~Hollie, Janet, Jeanne, Liz, Lynda, Stacie and Stephanie

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