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How to take great photos of children – Part 4 – 5 Tips

Taking photos of children can be a delight. These photos look great, and can provoke a great deal of emotion, for many years afterwards. However, taking such photos can sometimes be a challenge and tips on how to take better photos can be very valuable. If you feel that something is not covered in this series, then please do mention these in the comments.

Photos from the previous post in this series (Taking great shots of children – Part 3)

Tip 1126 (Give something to the children to handle, make it like a prop): Think of those great photos where a child can be seen to be holding some kind of stick or even a wand, or a light saber, or something. Giving a prop to a child can make the child more interested in the prop, which can work out great for the photo (of course, the child has to feel interested in that prop, but it is well worth a try). If the child does get interested in the prop, it can make things seem much easier for the photographer, and also provide some great photos.

Tip 1127 (Having patience): While taking photos of children, it can be frustrating many times. Children can suddenly start feeling shy or feel not in the mood to have their photos taken, and there is not much you can do when that happens. You could try to change the mood of the child, try to distract them, but you really need to have patience.

Tip 1128 (Using burst mode): Use burst mode when taking photos of children in action, or even when they are being expressive. When you take a number of photos at the same time, there is a better chance of getting a photo with a great expression of the child, and you can always delete the photos that have not come out well.

Tip 1129 (Large eyes of the children): For children, they have a proportionately larger size of eyes as compared to adults. As a result, when you are taking photos of children, and are doing it at the level of their faces, you will find that the eyes become a striking feature of the photo. For this to happen, you need to ensure that the eyes are open, and even better if the child is looking towards you or somewhere in the general direction of where the camera is. You could hold something in your hand that catches the attention of the child if that helps.

Tip 1130 (Avoid use of flash): It is always best to take photos using natural light rather than using the camera flash. The camera flash can seem very bright and distract the child. Further, parents of infants are apprehensive about the effect of the flash on the eyes of the infants, and can object if you do so, so you should plan for taking photos without using the flash. Take your photos at angles where there is more of natural light. And of course, if you are in a studio and have to use professional flashes, then you would be using other equipment such as diffusers to ensure that the light is soft and non-harsh.

Some books on how to improve your photos (from Amazon):

Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” Your Baby in Pictures: The New Parents’ Guide 500 Poses for Photographing Children

Videos of how to take photos of children from Youtube:

Baby Photography Tutorial & Tips – Ideas for Photographing Children

How to photograph energetic children outdoors

Taking Better Photos of Kids – Delly Carr

Photographing Kids: Working with Light

Read more in the next post (Taking photos of children – Part 4)

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