Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Photo Tips - Children

Some of the tips for taking pictures of children are the same as for pets (sorry for the comparison):  get in close, be patient, get down to their level.  There are other things you can do to get great photos of children.

1.  Get the eyes in focus:

This is so important.  Set up your camera with the centre of the viewfinder on the child's eyes, partially depress the shutter button (to get the camera to focus), then keep the shutter button pressed down halfway and recompose your photo.  Press the button down fully to take the shot.  This should ensure that the eyes are kept in sharp focus.

f/5.3, 1/60, 400ISO

2.  Choose colour carefully:

Make sure that your child stands out in your photos by having his or her clothing contrast with the background.  Keep the background as clean and clutter-free as possible.  You can see in this photo that the background blurs and forces you to focus directly on Tana's face.

Source - Taylor Nicoloff

3.  Catch the movement:

Kids move. A lot.  You can use a faster shutter speed and freeze their movements (or use the children or sports mode on your auto settings).  You can also slow the shutter speed down to get some blurring which is a cool artistic effect like in this photo of 'Hulk Face'.


f/3.5, 1/15, 1600ISO
4.  Make it Fun:

Nothing ruins picture-taking faster than a kid who has had enough.  Try to keep the mood upbeat.  Ask the child to make goofy faces to make it more fun.  Sometimes having the child help with the camera set-up makes it interesting enough for children to stay tuned longer.  I liked this idea from Harry Cutting Photography.  He has the children run at him making them giddy and silly which in turns gives him lively and fun photos.  In this photo, just letting the boys stand on the rock was enough to keep their interest a little longer and made for a kind of neat photo.

f/2.8, 1/200, 200ISO
References:
All Things Photography
Life Through the Lens
Pixiq
Harry Cutting Tutorials

And now, as promised, this is your opportunity to link up your little kiddos and your favourite photos of them.


6 comments:

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Terry, that first photo is priceless! What a little angel!

Kadie said...

I will have to link up some cuteness tomorrow. I will have to do a special post.:)

Mindy said...

What, an opportunity to link up a kid post?! Without people groaning? I'm all in. :o)

Terry said...

Kadie - Abba looks so old in that photo. So beautiful. Mindy - I love that photo of the two of them. How long ago does the first day of school seem now? :) Thanks for linking up gals.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I don't have any photos to share, but I love these. Such cuties. My kiddies are big scary guys now. Still adorable though.

MiMi said...

Those are great! I've been practicing my kid shots too this Christmas. And guess what I got!!! A tripod!! :)

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