I have not mastered using the self-timer. The above photo captured my frantic rush to pose for our annual "family in front of the tree" shot. I probably should have used it as our Christmas card. It does do a pretty good job of capturing our personalities. This was a few years ago but I'm still not great at using the timer and therefore most pictures of our baby are missing the parent behind the lens.
I'm seeing a pattern here. Poorly posed in front of the tree shot. I mean, it's not easy to pose a baby and have them resist the urge to move or, in this case, try to tip out of the bumpo chair. How then, did I manage to capture the Blue Angels in the photo below as they roared by us? If you've ever been to a Blue Angels air show I'm sure you understand that isn't easy to do.
I know that there are many options for classes to improve your photo taking ability. I really do intend to take one. There is also the option that I take the time to really study the manual that I haven't made the time to look through. I don't want to look back on the baby pictures that I have and wish that I'd known some breakthrough tip that would have made them so much better. Is there such a tip?
Until I find time in my day for studying, it seems that trial and error will have to do. All I want are the memories and those should include funny mishaps, right?