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Taking Great Pictures Of Kids
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Taking Great Pictures Of Kids

If your a parent, there is no doubt you want to capture great moments of your children.

This indeed is an important task of any parent as their little grows up into a grown man/woman. This makes a great timeline for any family when looking back on the history to share with future generations to come. However, children can have a short attention span and often get nervous when seeing a camera. You will never get that moment back, and not to mention the cost of having a professional come and photograph your child's birthday party. I will discuss some techniques you can utilize to help get the best shots of your little one in action.

Keep it real..

If your child is very active and enjoys the company of friends and family, sometimes these make the best moments to photograph them in action. The best time to capture laughs, cries, excitement, curiosity, etc... is not only when you try to manually set it up, but just keeping your camera constantly on your person to easily get the moments that matter most. You will be guaranteed to capture real live moments, they won't look staged, and your child won't even realize how great they look. So be natural and always prepared to snap a shot at any given moment, especially when other children are around to distract them.

Don't Just Stand There?

Don't bother posing your little ones, 9 times out of 10 they won't have the patience for it anyway. Instead, find a good park or busy playground and go on an adventure with them. Allow them to tell you what to do and while they enjoy the moment you capture it for them. This may take a couple times practice, but eventually your child will get use to you having a camera in hand and forget it's even present. Children have such great imaginations and you will actually enjoy the things your child will share with you as you both create memories.

It's dark in here..

Light is extremely important when it comes to photographing just about anything. This is more technical information, but I feel as though I must share a little so you can understand how to get great shots. Most of the time I like to capture images of children early in the day when the sun is not at it's peak, but light enough to cast even light. Also overcast day's make awesome great days for children photos. Pay attention to your aperture or f-stop. Mines typically stay's between f/2.4-f/5.6 so I can separate the subject from the background but keep the foreground in focus and prevent blur. Because your children or the children you photograph will be running around allot make sure you are utilizing a fast shutter speed.

What you wearing?

My final tip would be to dress you child in something comfortable for the day. Something you won't mind him/her getting dirty or messed up in case they want to roll around in the dirt, etc. Keep in mind these are not portraits, but candid shots of your child. This will allow you to stay focused on the child and creating great moments, and not on the fact you just bought an new outfit you now have to throw away because it's destroyed.


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