BEGIN August 2016 | Corina's Corner

How to get a great picture (OF YOU) from a stranger

How to get a great picture (OF YOU) from a stranger

Have you ever been on a trip and wanted to get a picture of your whole group (WITH YOU IN IT) but whenever you handed your camera to a stranger they took the worst picture imaginable? I got SO dang tired of this happening so I made it my mission to figure out how to get a good picture from a stranger and I've decided to let you in on my tips!

1. Find the right person
I really don't like handing my camera to a stranger (Are they going to steal it? Are they going to drop it?) so my first tip is to find the right person. When I want a group picture I look around for someone else with a comparable camera, preferably a DSLR, and ask them to take our picture. They almost always oblige (because they obviously enjoy photography) and are usually looking for a group picture as well so I always ask to return the favor and take a picture for them.

2. Adjust the settings beforehand
Because I shoot in manual I always adjust the settings before I hand over my camera. I have someone stand in our pre-designated location and I take a few practice shots to make sure everything is to my satisfaction.

3. Set focus to Automatic Selection
The “Automatic AF Point Selection” (Canon) or “Auto-Area AF” (Nikon) is basically the “point-and-shoot” method for finding focus. The camera will automatically pick what to focus on and is much more likely to result in a focused photo than in any other focus setting.

4. Give as much direction as possible
If I want the picture taken vertically rather than horizontally I make sure to ask for that. If I want a specific building or landmark in the background I make sure to mention that. I usually ask them to take more than one picture and and if I want the picture taken from a specific vantage point I will kind of tell them where to stand.

5. If you're not satisfied, ask another person and try again
If it's not a big deal for your group to wait a little longer and you're not satisfied with the photo you can always wait until your first stranger photographer leaves and find another person to take your photo. Sometimes things just take more than one try.

There you have it! All of the above photos were taken by strangers using my tips and I think they turned out fabulously and are among my favorite pictures.

Do you have any stranger photo tips I missed? Please fill me in!

Emmie's Wedding


My cute cousin Emmie got married a few weeks ago in the Provo City Center Temple. If I could go back and redo my wedding this is what I would want it to be like. That flower crown? Swoon! Every detail at the reception was perfect, from the food (Slab Pizza and and a Soda Bar? Yes please!) to the flowers to the venue. Perfection.

^^Pink dresses, pink bows, and pink water bottles. Yes I am the mother of 2 girls.

^^OH and these ice cream sandwiches from Penguin Brothers...DIVINE! I think I had like 4.

Perfect day for the perfect wedding. Congrats Emmie and Jeff!

Bainbridge Island Ferry


At the conclusion of our Seattle/Vancouver trip (Seattle, Harrison Hot Springs, Vancouver, and ADELE!) we took the ferry out to Bainbridge Island. The ferry was awesome. It was so fun to see another angle of the city and I'm not sure if it's because we live so far away from water but I've learned this summer that exploring on boat is always one of my favorite parts of a trip. While in Bainbridge Island we grabbed some quick lunch, I explored a bookstore and another home decor store and then we had to book it back to the ferry for our ride back into Seattle to catch our flight. It was such a fun way to end our trip!

^^Passing the other ferry on our way back to Seattle.

P.S. After coming home from this trip I started watching Grey's Anatomy. I tried to watch it right after Reagan was born but it gave my postpartum self WAY too much anxiety so I had to quit. This time around though I'm loving it. And also, I just watched that episode with the ferry fire catastrophe and man oh man, I'm sure glad I watched that AFTER I rode the ferry. Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there?
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