Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday's photolife--UP close and wacky

Wednesday's answer and winner: It was indeed a pinewood derby. I thought the track was pretty slick. My son went to the regional and this was the track they had there. Congrats to Nisa for being the first in with the answer.

On to the Photolife:


Think about the way you take pictures of kids. Do you shoot them straight on with a smile? Are you shooting down at them with them looking up? It's a standard take for adults. I like to get some pictures like that, because it's the most common way I see them. 
BUT. It's also nice to get down on their level.
OR, if you want something with more impact get below them and shoot UP. Let them get crazy. Don't forget to get close and fill the frame with their wackiness.

Application to writing? It can be good to include different perspectives of your characters--different aspects of who they are and how others perceive them. I like to include some of the funny things they do. It can infuse your writing with humor, and every book needs a little humor--even the most serious or maybe especially those.

11 comments:

Patti said...

I would agree. I love reading books that make me laugh. Great photo.

Abby Minard said...

Cute pics! I like to add little quirks or habits to make my characters more real. One runs his hand through his hair all the time, and one ducks her head and "hides" behind her hair.

lotusgirl said...

Patti, Thanks, I like having light moments to relieve the stress of heavier ones.

Abby, I like to do the same.

Heidi Willis said...

Precious little girl!!

Great analogy! I love how photography mimics the art of good writing.

The heavier the book, the more important a little levity it. :)

R.S.J. said...

I have to say that I love your photo/writing comparisons. I'm such a visual person, it really makes the ideas pop. Those freckles are pretty adorable:)

Angie said...

Cute pics and great tips! Congrats to Nisa. She is going to become well-acquainted with pinewood derby tracks, I think.

lotusgirl said...

Heidi, Thanks. And my daughter thanks you too. I think all art has similarities and rules that work across the board.

RSJ, Visual examples really help me too.

Angie, Pinewood derbies are a right of passage for mothers of sons in the US.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Those photos are ADORABLE!!! What a cutie :) And I love the different angles. Point taken!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I read that once about even serious novels needing some humor.

I love taking photos from different perspectives.

Tana Adams said...

I love letting my kids go crazy like that. I've gotten some of the best pictures!

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

Love the up shot! So adorable! (and what gorgeous hair!!!)