A Fun and Easy Way to Capture and Share Family Memories (Sponsored)

December 24th, 2013 posted by Sherri Osborn

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Have you ever snapped a photo hoping it would capture a memory you could treasure forever only to be disappointed with the results?

Nothing is more frustrating than thinking you are taking a picture of your daughter twirling in her first dance recital and getting an out-of-focus blur or trying to freeze the moment your son get’s (remove apostrophe) his first baseball hit or hockey goal and having him move out of the frame before the camera reacts.  This is especially disappointing when you were hoping to share with relatives and friends who weren’t able to be there in person.

You can help avoid these frustrations by using these simple tips and a quality camera, like the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR. Not only will you be able to take high-quality photos, you can shoot videos and easily share what you shoot.

Some people may be intimidated by fancy looking cameras, but the truth is they can be very simple to use. Most DSLR cameras, including the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, have a variety of automatic settings you can use. Keep the camera on one of these settings and, when that special moment happens, you can just grab the camera and shoot. As easy as the automatic settings are, you just may enjoy playing with some of the special features this camera offers, like the seven creative filters which will give you different effects on your photos (these include art bold, water painting, miniature, fisheye, grainy black and white, soft focus, and toy camera). There is nothing quite like learning by experimenting and having fun.

When it comes to focusing the camera, we all know that the best shot possibilities usually present themselves when there is very little time to respond. During these occasions, you can trust the camera to handle the focusing in an instant. If you would rather have some control over what the camera focuses on, you can use the LCD touch screen to tell the camera where to focus.

While you may think that getting a good focus is the most important thing when it comes to taking pictures, lighting is just as important (the word photography means ‘writing with light’). If you are taking pictures outdoors, try to put the subject in a shaded area as the sun can cause harsh shadows. If you must be out in the sun, try to keep the sun behind you, not the subject. You will want to try to position the subject so the sun is not in their eyes causing them to squint. When you are taking photos inside, or in darker conditions outside, let the camera help you out. Before you use the flash, you can easily play around with the camera’s outstanding ISO range. If you don’t trust yourself, you can let the camera pick what it thinks is the best ISO for the situation.

If you are in the middle of taking pictures and decide you want to take a video instead, the Rebel SL1 can help you with that also. With little more than the flip of a switch, your camera can go from taking amazing pictures to shooting HD video. Not only does this camera capture outstanding video, it will also let you edit the video.

One of the best features of this camera is its compact size. While some DSLR cameras can be big and bulky, the Rebel SL1 can comfortably sit in the palm of your hand and can be carried around in a purse or backpack. It is also easy for kids to handle if you want to let them in on the picture taking fun. It measures approximately 4 1/2 x 3 1/3 x 2 3/4 and weighs less than a pound!

Isn’t it about time you stop trusting a simple point and shoot camera, or even a cell phone, to capture and share your family pictures and movies?  There are so many wonderful features that make the Canon Rebel SL1 perfect both for the casual user and even a photography pro, there is no excuse not to try one.  Just imagine how fantastic it would be to never miss another important shot and envision how pleased grandma, grandpa, and other family members will be when you share the incredible photos with them.

Sherri Osborn
Sherri Osborn (9 Posts)

Sherri has enjoyed crafting her entire life and has over 15 years experience in designing craft projects and writing and editing for Web sites, blogs, and print publications. Currently, most of her time is spent on her blog About Family Crafts. Over the years, she has tried many different craft techniques and supplies and she loves sharing her creative discoveries and love of crafting with everyone. On a more personal note, Sherri has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 25 years, she has 3 grown children she is very proud of, and 4 amazing grandkids.


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