I was having dinner with friends and they have turtles in the backyard. No, they have tortoises, because turtles tend to water and tortoises are land dwellers.
Apparently they like snacking on hibiscus flowers, so my daughter laid a path to draw them out of their nest area.
Being the photographer always looking for angles, I used two skills to grab a quick video.
- Anticipate where your subject will likely go
- Get on the same level as your subject
These are great tips when photographing children, and tortoises, it turns out. Both are more adorable if you can see their faces and eyes, so don’t film their backs or the top of their heads if there’s a better angle. And if they are on the move, set up in a spot where they are heading. Here I went for a likely snack.
If photographing your kids, draw them in with a toy or snack, wait at the bottom of a slide, or get a camera in front of them while playing or showing them something new and fun.
But remember to enjoy time with them too. If if they are sometimes animals.
P.S. This was shot with the stock Android app and edited with the Video Editor on my old Samsung Note 4 so I could replace the audio craziness with simple stock music, which was available right in the app, and since it’s royalty free I can post it anywhere without out being taken down. And since I could do this on my phone I didn’t have to wait to post it, or transfer video to a computer first.
Unfortunately my phone is misbehaving so that was an impediment, but a new phone is on the way and I got to be nostalgic with my classic Note.