Parents looking for a fill-in baby sitter on New Year’s Eve need to be extra vigilant, according to a new report.
Parents aren’t giving substitute baby sitters the resources they need to handle emergency situations, a national poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan suggests. Experts agree that this could pose problems around the holiday season, when parents’ go-to baby sitters — who already know parental protocols — may be busy.
Only 48 percent of polled parents gave their fill-in sitters key emergency contact information and only 47 percent made sure to pass along the child’s doctor’s number. Even more alarming, parents who lived more than 15 miles away from an emergency room were less likely to post contact info than parents who lived closer.
“Parents shouldn’t assume sitters have all of the information they need,” poll co-director Sarah Clark writes in a press release. “They should go over basic information whether they will be gone all day or just a couple of hours.”
Clark advises parents to give their sitters contact information and explain their preferences on how to handle various emergency situations. Leaving a first aid book and articulating preferences for a certain hospital or emergency room also helps.
“Baby sitters may face a wide range of situations while [caring] for a child, from common injuries to more severe emergencies,” Clark says. “Parents should be thoughtful about the guidance they give to make sure sitters are prepared.”
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Photograph the Classic Holiday Light Bokeh Effect
Want to know how to photograph holiday lights to get the great bokeh that you see from the pros? It’s easy. It’s best to use aperture priority or manually set the exposure for this type of image, so you can control the aperture and shutter speed. You will also want to manually focus the lens to control the amount of blur or bokeh in the final image.
If you have a tripod, place the camera on it or put the camera on a sturdy surface to ensure you won’t add camera blur to the final image. If you want to hand hold the camera and lens and have a VR image stabilized NIKKOR lens, activate VR.
You want to use a wide aperture of f/4 or wider. Lenses that offer a wide aperture of f/2.8, f/1.8 or f/1.4 are ideal to use.
With the aperture set wide open, if the camera is in aperture priority mode, it will always adjust the fastest shutter speed—no matter what the lighting condition is. If in manual mode, you’ll need to set the shutter speed manually. Use the camera’s built-in meter to make sure the exposure is correct for the scene. You may have to increase the ISO, to get the exposure you want and that’s ok.
The secret to the amazing shots of soft colorful globes of light is to manually focus the camera so the lights are out of focus. Since the definition of bokeh is the soft, pleasing out of focus effect from a lens, it makes sense that you want to defocus or not focus on the lights for this effect.
Lights as a background effect
For an image where you want a main subject with the bokeh of the lights in the background, you’ll set up the shot almost the same. The one difference you want to make is to put the main subject—whether it’s a person or an object—close to the camera, with the lights separated from the subject by some distance.
By using a wide aperture, and focusing on the main subject, the lights will go out of focus. For more of a soft, glowing look, place the lights further back. If you want more definition to the shape of the lights, place them closer to the main subject.
You can also experiment by using white lights instead of color lights for a different effect.
Today I met with a client. She really wanted to hire me. But, she explained to me, her husband was not as convinced that they needed the newborn photographer she so passionately wanted. This stopped me in my tracks. She wanted me to give her a compelling reason to tell her husband. She really wanted my help. But, I sat there, without some amazing response. All I could think of was, “Well, because I’m a freaking awesome photographer.”
I talked with a photographer friend about this. What reasons can I give clients who just don’t want to spend that extra money on this luxury? I can’t just say, “Because I’m awesome.” “Yes,” my friend said. “Yes, you can. Because that’s exactly why they should hire you. Because you ARE awesome. You see things in a way that normal people Do. Not. See. Them. You have this amazing, gentle, way of handling babies. You pose them in a way that you see every little detail. You photograph that beautiful face and tiny toes and back wrinkle and eyelashes the way no mom or dad with a ‘fancy camera’ will ever be able to do. You see things differently. You are awesome and that’s exactly why they should hire you.”
I watch many clients hire others because they’ve found someone who is willing to do it for free, or provide their newborn photography at a lesser cost. They’ve found someone who will give them 50 digital photos of their baby for $100. They have a mom or a sister-in-law with an “expensive camera” who will capture a few snapshots that are “good enough”. I am a mom on a budget, too, who tries to provide what’s needed and all that fun extra stuff as well. I am sensitive to those who are on a budget and I totally get it. I can’t purchase everything I want right away either. Anyone in life who wants a luxury has to work for it if they want it bad enough! SO many of us don’t question the cost on most luxuries (did your husband really ask for your input on the 65″ tv he just bought). We just aim for that goal of getting it.
Not everyone looks at photography as a luxury. Not everyone cares about the details photographers put into producing their art. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely NOT! But I care and I have clients that care. What I see and what you see will never be the same! I pour everything inside me into every single image I make. I want there to be a story told when you look at my photograph. When you look at YOUR photograph.
What you see and what I see will always be different. That is what makes my photograph a piece of art.