Photographing Kids Tip 1: Capturing a Child’s Essence

Be A Fun Mum: BeFunky.  It has a ring to it, doesn’t it? Welcome to my Photographing Kids Series.  I was going to call it “Capturing Kids” but visions of the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang, Bang came to mind, so Photographing Kids it is.

To mark this occasion I’m doing a review and giveaway with BeFunky: a photo editing program for everyday people. {hands up for everyday people}

Photgraphing Kids Part 1

When I originally thought of “Capturing Kids” I meant encapsulating a child’s essence: their innocence, imagination and beauty. 

Tip 1: Try watching a child through your camera without any “say cheese” prompts. Children are so interesting to watch and I often capture my best photos when I just watch what they are doing.

 

BeFunky

You’ve taken some great photos and you want to do something fun and funky with them? BeFunky is a one touch photo editing program for everyday people. In addition to many standard photo editing features like brightness control, hue, cropping and contrast, Be Funky also provides a HUGE range of special effects you can apply to photos.  The highly customisable options mean you can go for something far out like PopArt or conservative like black and white; do something fun like cartooning or striking like oil painting. It’s up to you. I’ve done a quick snap shot below of some effects. 

Left to Right:Original, Black and White, Old Photo, Sketching, Underpainting, Stencil, Border and Text, Text Only

Be Funky Video Tutorial

To demonstrate how easily I achieved the above effects, I’ve created this 3 minute video tutorial.

It’s Easy

And I mean, really easy. The BeFunky motto “for everyday people” (that’s me!), means the program is designed to be a no-previous-experience-required one. You can upload pictures from Facebook, Picasa, flickr, your computer and more. Your original photo is never ruined because BeFunky uses an uploaded copy of your photo.  So go wild and have fun with your photos.

Win

The great thing about BeFunky is anyone can use it FREE!  However, for special access, and the entire range of features a premiumaccount is required.  BeFunky is offering two Be A Fun Mum readers an annual premium Be Funky account valued at US$24.95 each.

To Enter

* Visit the BeFunky Features Page (click this link), and leave a comment here about your favourite feature.

* The competition is open internationally.

* Valid from Tuesday 7 September to Monday 13 September 2010.

* I will draw the winners by random number at 7pm on the closing date.

* The winners will be notified via email and a post update link on the Be A Fun Mum Facebook Page.

Go on…

13/9/10 Congratulations: Natalie and Kelly

External Links

BeFunky Features

BeFunky Pricing

Other Be A Fun Mum Links

Photographing Kids Tip 1: Capturing a Child’s Essence

Photographing Kids Tip 2: Rule of Thirds 

Photographing Kids Tip 3: The Background

Photographing Kids Tip 4: Setting Up a Shoot

Photographing Kids Tip 5: Perspective

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