I was very lucky to attend an event the other week where I got to hear about lots of trade secrets and tips for taking photos of people especially children. David of PeoplePortraits gave a fab presentation on how to make the best of taking photos using only the mobile phone in your pocket! He showed us the most amazing photos that he had taken using a Motorola razr i which has an 8 megapixel camera.

Top Tips for taking photos of children

  • Plan the photo, think about the location including textures behind the subject
  • Shade is your friend, sun can be your enemy.
  • Try using your flash even on a sunny day to give a different finish to the picture
  • Use the background to frame the child, for example flowers, leaves
  • Use props to distract children, get them to focus on the prop and then crop it out afterwards, it gives a more natural photo finish
  • Use black or white backgrounds for some photos.
  • Use a large piece of white cardboard to help reflect light onto the subjects
  • When taking photos of groups think about triangle formations
  • Cropping is your friend, use it to zoom in after the photo has been taken
  • Taking photos off centre can make them more interesting sometimes
  • Take at least 2 or 3 shots to get the photo you want.

Thanks to David for the tips, I am definitely going to be using them over the Christmas period when I will be taking my usual copious amount of photos!

So, how did I get on with the Motorola razr i?

Well I managed to take a photo easily enough, I managed to work out the flash but I haven’t got much further than that even though the camera functions would cause camera envy amongst even the highest spec camera. However I have been pleased with the photos I have taken, even the ones taken in poor light such as the one of the cakes above. I think the photo is pretty sharp.

Where I got into problems was trying to get the photos off the phone and onto my computer. I googled, and googled and googled but to no avail. I used the usb cable, nothing. In the end I had to email each individual photo to myself. I am sure there is an easy solution to this but I couldn’t find it on my own, and even Twitter couldn’t help me.

I have to say the colours on the phone are vibrant, the images sharp and clear, very impressive but I found the phone a little complicated to navigate…but then maybe I’m getting old?

Because…

The next hurdle, my daughter discovered the phone…and hasn’t let go of it since. She loves it! She can do things on it that I couldn’t fathom out, she thinks the free apps, the music and the videos are all brilliant. I have agreed to swap her sim into the phone so she is now using it everyday and is no longer pining for another phone that is quite popular at the moment.

So, I think it’s safe to say that we recommend the phone, even more so if you have time to work out all it’s functions because they are pretty extensive and the camera is so good that you can leave any other cameras at home!

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