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How to take great photos of children – Part 6 – 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 5)

Tip 1136 (Let other kids handle the camera): This needs to be balanced by the objective of ensuring equipment safety. If you believe the children are of an age where one of them can handle the camera safely, then you can pass on the camera to one of the children along with any instructions you may want to. The advantage is that you may get some interesting photos, photos shot from the perspective of the child. And of the children you are photographing, they would be much more comfortable if one of their is doing the shooting rather than you. Take this same scenario to a family, where an elder child does the photography of the younger child, and you might get some interesting photos.

Tip 1137 (Look for one of those more rugged cameras): If you are doing a lot of child photography, and in a non-studio environment, especially where there are groups of children, there is the chance that you have seen your camera drop or been impacted with some kind of object. If you are not too much in love with your DSLR, then consider buying one of these rugged types of cameras that will take a lot of punishment, and you could easily give it to a child and breathe easy as well. A rugged camera – Olympus TG-320 14 MP Tough Series Camera

Tip 1138 (Check out the background): Even though software such as Photoshop CS6 or Lightroom can help you modify the background of the photos that you are taking, get it right the first time. Check out the background of the shots you are taking, and remember, something ugly can mar your photo (if there is a box of wipes in the background or next to the baby, it can catch the attention of people viewing the photo).

Tip 1139 (Moderate your depth of field): This is more true of cases where you are shooting toddlers and the young. You have your 1.8 lens and want to get a sharp photo. All set, and suddenly the toddler moves, and you find that with the extra narrow depth of field you are getting with your lens, the face of the toddler is not sharp. Now, only if you had not tried to use such a high aperture, but used a aperture like 5.6 or lower, the depth of field enables some kind of toddler movement and still your photo is reasonably sharp. Of course, you need to keep a check on the changed exposure because of reducing your aperture.

Tip 1140 (Fill the frame with the face of the baby): This one is more relevant when you are taking a photo of a single baby. Babies faces look incredibly cute, and with the size of the eyes, the face of the baby captures most of the attention. Use that feeling, and try to take some shots of the baby where the face fills most of the frame of the image. If the eyes are fully open and looking towards you, there is a high chance that you will get a great photo.

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

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