Photographing children is one of the most difficult photo shoots at all. Whether you are a professional photographer, amateur or just a father with a camera in your hands, children behave unpredictably. They move swiftly, do not adhere to posing instructions, touch your camera and create mayhem around you. So what can you do to improve the pictures of children?
Here are some tips for photographing children.
Get the kids involved
One of the things that I find extremely useful is the involvement of children in the process of photographing. Saying “now we smile naturally” does not work. I'm serious.
Better not to do that
It is much easier to get a natural picture of the child, if you allow him to explore the environment, get carried away with the study of some object or process. This should occur within your lens.
Catch them in motion
Children are constantly in motion. This can be witnessed by any parent with a baby. Use it. You will receive a great number of photos in motion. Children on trampolines, roller coasters, carousels, playing sports, etc. ... All these are actions in which your child has fun. If you want to freeze the action, set your camera to its highest shutter speed. If you are still using your auto settings, use only the sport setting. And yet, do not stop at freezing the action. You can slow down the shutter speed. Create an image where the background moves, but the subject remains mostly in the center. Do not be upset if the first results are not very successful. For this, a little practice and experimentation is desirable.
Choose the best location, foreground and backgrounds
Obviously, the photo is a winner when the child has fun. A joint trip with a child to the beach, or a park, or a bridge over a stream can create an amazing background. As well as stimolate children's curiosity, allow him to go and do research, while you are pressing the trigger.
Children are initiative. Your child is not going to sit, without moving, for a long time! Unless you are a wizard. Children also tend to make faces when the camera is looking at their face, so you need to snap a lot to get those few star photos of children.
Children are usually active and not always ready to listen to the instructions. Thus, they command during the shooting. Communicate. Try to make friends with them for this short period. They should be glad to your presence. Watch the children with the prepared camera. Photos will usually come out more natural and show children in their own world.
Try a shorter lens. Long lenses always work well on portraits, but cute children provide a wider photographic opportunity that is not suitable for adults. You may be near with shorter lenses. Not only the big eyes do look even bigger, when the 50mm lens is focused close to the face of the child, their innocence permeates. In the end, the little angel has beautiful skin, big bright eyes. He has no wrinkles. Try this focal length to shoot a portrait of an adult. And you and your model will get scared.
Focus on the child
Make your child the center of attention. After all, photography is not about the background. In this case, the portrait setting (usually the silhouette of the head) on your digital camera comes in handy. Use the ability of the camera to better stain the background, so the subject of your image will stand out more (known as shallow depth).
Bring an assistant
A friend who understands what you are trying to achieve can help a lot. Your assistant can calm the child or tickle him to cause laughter, which will allow you to catch a good shot. That second pair of hands and eyes will be extremely helpful. But be careful. Do not bring too many helpers. A large number of people can finally distract from photographing.