With the approach of the holiday season I feel that I must warn you about the infamous FFTC (Friends and family toting cameras). The FFTC seem to appear at all family gatherings like moths drawn to a flame, and their work can be as destructive to one's sense of well being and reputation.
What am I talking about? Pictures, of course—but not just any picture. Consider the following examples.
Why is it important to watch out for the FFTC? Because with all the online services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace, and Windows Live Spaces, a picture can go from a phone to being viewed by a million people in less than 60 seconds. Your reputation can vanish with similar speed…
In the Old West, it was common to require the cowboys (at least according to the John Wayne movies – and we all know those are historically accurate) to check their guns at the door. In modern times, professional performers have a similar edict. The reason the music groups ban cameras from their performances is not because they want to sell pictures of the group, nor is it because they are concerned with the bright lights, I am convinced it is because they do not want a bunch of bad pictures showing up on the Internet that portray them in an unflattering light.
Of course most families in the United States get together so seldom, that banning cameras from family gatherings would be cruel, short sighted, and in the end unenforceable. So rather than ban cameras, maybe you can at least attempt to improve their use. Use my top five guide as a starting point or, better yet, check out Microsoft's guide to better holiday pictures. It is not that we do not like getting our picture taken; it really is that we do not like bad pictures getting taken.
Take care, and have a wonderful holiday.
You are correct on this one. I think we need to know the basic on how to take pictures with our family, relatives and friends. Thanks for posting on how to get angles in taking pictures.