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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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20 Jun 2021 10:45AM   Views : 242 Unique : 134

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As we all Ė or almost all Ė start to get out and about a bit more, at least for the moment, it would be possible to separate family events (in my case, a small family party to celebrate Fathersí Day 48 hours early) from picture taking. Weíre doing both more, but are we mixing them?

Mrs D suggested blogging about the gathering, and I thought about some pictures I posted on Christmas Day 2012. And when I turned my computer on, the background image was a shot of Mrs Dís Dad, who died in 2009.

The picture of my father-in-law was a very characteristic one, and thereís been a lot of family interest in prints, because thatís one of the ways that people remember him. A good portrait can happen when posed, but very often itís unposed images that capture what people want to remember about someone.

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When I posted THIS in 2012, there was something that I (and all my friends in the pictures) knew, but that I didnít write. One of the group was terminally ill, and we had got together specifically because it was likely to be the last time we could do so. Because of that, I made a special effort to take pictures. Not a lot of them, with a DSLR, but enough: we were relaxed and it was easy to get images that seem to me to show people as I know them.

Most of the time, though, we donít get notice of forthcoming deathÖ So thereís no sharp, immediate incentive to take pictures for posterity and remembrance. I didnít know, when I did a remote shoot with Stephanie Dubois in May, that I would be one of the last few photographers she worked with.

Sorry Ė this is gloomy, but thereís a point. And that point is that as you gather with friends and family, it will be a really good thing if you take some pictures. Donít make everyone line up (though if someone else suggests it, it should definitely be done!), and donít hold everything up for half an hour while you fiddle with settings. But get some shots, and let someone else take pictures of you (Dave, please note! I know you think youíre allergic to cameras, but youíre not really.)

If the very worst happens, there will be a treasure beyond price (and make sure that prints are doneÖ) Otherwise, there will be something that everyone can enjoy while the subject is still around to appreciate the love and happiness. And if you have to use a new camera or lens or filter as an excuse (as I did for the shot of my daughter opening a card with a popup giraffe), so be it. Just make sure that you have mastered the controls before you point the camera at the familyÖ

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20 Jun 2021 12:31PM
I well remember taking my Grandfather for a drive in the country, and taking a photo by the local canal that turned out to be the last one of him. Needless to say I still have it. Paul.
20 Jun 2021 3:33PM
Thx for the reminder to shoot more with family and friends as subject ,
Those most dear deserve the limelight too! Wonderful shot of your daughter .
Best regards on this Canadian fathers day.
Walt
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20 Jun 2021 8:48PM
This has just made my mind up for some pictures I'll post later in the week.

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