Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tips and Tricks for photographing kids

I'll say it again...bribery! ; ) Actually this only works for a minute or two, but it is a necessity. 

Below are some basic tips for helping you take some great snap shots of your children. Although they sound like common sense, they really do make a huge difference in the final image.

- Get on their level. Either on your knees or really bending. That's the only way to really get their perspective and that look of innocence.

- Next, hold your camera still. Most of the times we're trying to get the child's attention. We look over the viewfinder, we wave, we talk...all of these things are ideal conditions for blurry images. If you're looking for tack sharp images, be still when pressing the shutter down. Also, hold your elbows in next to your body. It stabilizes the camera from shaking. It will feel awkward in the beginning but it will be worth it.

- Forget the words "say cheese". Children will be performing and you'll never get a natural expression. Instead have the children engaged in an activity or tell them a funny story. It might be a little more work, but it will be genuine.

- Background - Make sure nothing is growing out of any ones head and that the horizon is not running through it as well. 

-Limbs (hands and feet) - You should try to avoid cutting these out of the picture. If it needs to be done, crop at the thigh or calf, never at a joint.

- Lighting - Is the most critical. Avoid harsh sunlight. The best times to photograph are two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset. Very nice yummy light then. If you are fortunate enough to have an overcast day, you're in luck. They are the best conditions to get the most wonderful light and nice big catch lights in the eyes.

Hopefully these little tid-bits will help!

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