How to take Great Photos of your Children : A Parent’s Guide on Freezing Photos Moments of your kids
Photographing children is fun, fast-paced and immensely rewarding.
Here are Cloud Productions’s top tips for capturing beautiful photos that your family will treasure for generations to come!
(1) Find the Best Light
There is an easy way to find the best light in any situation: The Hand Trick. Simply place your hand at the shooting spot of where your child’s face will be arranged at. Great light can be subtle. Small changes of angle or position can often have a dramatic effect. So when you’re out shooting, finding the best light for portrait photography can sometimes be difficult!
Tips: Do not rely on Auto Mode function on any form of camera, including mobile phones.
(2) The Gear you’ll need
While some elements of taking photos improve by upgrading from a smartphone camera to a DSLR or mirrorless variant will offer even more improvement as you learn how to photograph children but don’t spend the diaper fund on a new camera just yet.
(3) Get down on their level
One of the biggest mistakes adults make when photographing kids is shooting from eye level. The problem is, you’re probably a lot taller than your kid; in every photo, you are looking down on them, which makes them look smaller than they actually are.
Avoid: Distracting background.
You’ll have more success at photography and better, more creative photos, if you play like a kid while you are shooting kids. Don’t be afraid to get on the ground with your kids or tell them to do fun stuff, like make funny faces, leap, or act silly. When you play with them, they’ll let down their guard. Skip the “say cheese” and get real smiles by photographing while playing.
Tips: Frame your shots more creatively. Use Rule of Thirds to help you position the child away from the centre of the frame to make the shot more dynamic and encourage the viewer’s eye to rove around the frame.
(5) Get Outside
Unless you have access to a beautiful, light-filled room, the easiest place to photograph kids will be outside. The weather to avoid is overly sunny weather with harsh shadows and the heavy pouring wet weather.
The most flattering light can be found:
– On cloudy days
– In the shade, nearer to an opening
– Overhead light (especially mid-day sunlight)
– Patchy light shine over the face or head
– Strong, directional light that casts the harsh shadow of the face features
(6) Use High Shutter speed
Once kids start moving around, it can be hard to slow them down. If you find yourself taking pictures of a child on the move, be sure to use a shutter speed of at least 1/250 to avoid blurry photos. If you’re shooting with flash, be sure to not go over 1/250.
(7) Use a Low f-stop
When shooting portraits, it’s good practice to use a low f-stop and avoid wide-angle lenses. (We recommend a 50mm lens) This will help blur the background and make your subject pop. If you don’t have a DSLR, you can get a similar effect using Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, which uses two lenses to create a blurred background.
(8) Anticipate their mood
Children are moody little creatures. If they’re sleepy, hungry or hyped up on sugar, the most angelic kids are liable to become nightmare photography subjects. Do your best to control for these factors when planning a shoot. If you know something that consistently brings a smile to your child’s face, be it playing in the yard or eating chocolate ice cream, use it to your advantage.
(9) Capture the moment
Kids are often at their cutest when they don’t realize they’re being photographed. Instead of orchestrating a picture, keep your camera handy and start shooting when the moment is right. It’s worth investing in a good camera & lens, so you can easily capture the action anytime anyday.
(10) Hire Professional!
If nothing above works for you. Let us help you! You don’t need tons of professional gear to create that perfect children photography in your daily life. In most cases, family photography session are arranged every year or two.
We hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something new here! We look forward to the Photoshoot with you!
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