Have you tried photographing kids? Difficult right? Well don't worry because you are not alone. No matter what camera you are using, a dslr, a bridge camera, a hybrid camera or just a point and shoot, we all encounter the same problems because kids are one of the most challenging aspect of photography. They have a short attention span, they move so fast, they wont take posing instructions and they may want to play with you or your camera /gears so you should have a strategy to come up with some few good shots. So what should you do to take better pictures of them? Let me enumerate in this post just 4 good tips.
Before I start, on July 3 is my niece' 5th Bday and I have decided to write this post as a birthday greeting to her. She's my #1 model anyway, happy Bday Gail!! So for this post, let me share some of my personal favorite photos I took of Gail.
There are really no rules in taking children photography but let me enumerate just 4 good tips:
1) Let them be - don't ask them to pose or you will end up having to settle with their tantrums, best approach is let them be. If they want to play let them play, the more natural their environment is, the better your pictures will be.
left photo: Gail throwing me out of my own room, closing my veranda door so I can't get in.. clever kid!
right photo: while Gail is playing with her cousins
2) Camouflage yourself and divert their attention away from your camera- why? kids are always curious when they see your camera flashing and they most of the time end up playing with your camera. So I always shoot without a flash, the least you expose your camera to their curiosity, the better. So I always prefer well lighted room, or better do it outdoors!
3) Be patient and go with their mood - the least you want are kids throwing their tantrums so you need your patience here, if you can't get a good shot it's your problem not theirs. I suggest just use the "burst mode" of your camera that way you will surely capture a lot of scenes and just choose the best pictures later on.
Right: Gail's private moment with her dad
4) Keep on shooting! - when photographing kids you may have hundreds of shots but will end up choosing only a few. So don't waste time, hold on to your camera, follow them around, arrange your composition and keep on shooting! and of course don't forget to enjoy!! Goodluck!!
right photo: Gail's precious time at Baluarte, see how the bird is hurting her? Brave girl!
Gail the supermodel ....
Photographing kids maybe difficult but it's a rewarding one. So take out those cameras and snap some photos of your precious one and don't forget to enjoy!!
To our little girl we always call "Geng-geng" happy birthday to you!! And we love you so much!!
Camera Used: Lumix DMC-FZ35
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