Photography Tips for Kids
Photography tips for kids – One thing that happens when you mix photography and your children are more than a little stress and rather a lot of face-pulling. Getting your kids to sit still and smile ‘properly’ is more difficult than it should be, so you have to get creative when approaching this most tricky of tasks.
So, I thought I would share just a few tips on how to get the shots you want in the most natural way possible without arguments or pulling out of hair.
Photography Tips for Kids – Tip 1 – Go Where They Go
Kids are a little like cats, in the respect of the fact that they never want to go where you want them to. Walking a child to a certain area and saying “stay there” rarely ends in success, so wherever possible, let them act naturally, going where they please. You will get much more authentic pictures this way as they’re relaxed and a lot less likely to act up for you.
Walking a child to a certain area and saying “stay there” rarely ends in success, so wherever possible, let them act naturally, going where they please. You will get much more authentic pictures this way as they’re relaxed and a lot less likely to act up for you.
Andrew’s advice on photography tips for kids – “get them, kids, out doing what they like to do. Play outside, play with mud, get dirty, play with dolls, guns, whatever. Just let them be kids. Then when they are relaxed you can start to photograph them. If you try and force children to sit still and smile they will grow up hating photography and hating the camera – and that just makes my life much harder as a wedding photographer!
Photography Tips for Kids – Tip 2 – Keep Hold of the Camera!
If at first, you don’t succeed….Keeping the camera in your hand, even if it isn’t going plan will allow reacting quickly to any possible good opportunities for shots. Keep taking photos, through the silly faces and forced smiles and you’ll eventually get to the real person behind the youthful bravado.
Andrew’s advice on photography tips for kids – “never ever put the camera down. always keep your finger on the shutter button and pointed towards the kid, even if the camera isn’t at eye level. you just never know when you will get THAT smile!”
Photography Tips for Kids – Tip 3 – Get Down to Child Level
If you don’t remember being a child so much, adults can seem very big and be intimidating through an eight-year old’s eyes, so get down to where they are and you’ll instantly be more approachable to them. Using unusual photo angles can also sometimes create unexpectedly great looking and quirky pictures you’ll want to keep.
Andrew’s advice on photography tips for kids – ‘This is a must do. It helps to settle children down if you are the same height and eye level. Lie on the ground, sit, squat etc but get that camera and your eyes to the same level as the child when photographing children.”
Photography Tips for Kids – Tip 4 – Fast Shutter Speed
Another thing most kids have in common is that they move a lot and if you use a fast shutter speed, then you’ll be more likely to avoid blurred images created when they’re whizzing around, exploring.
Andrew’s advice on photography tips for kids – “Kids are fast. So to freeze that action you really need a fast shutter speed. This is where learning how to use the camera you have comes into play. Yes, you can put it on P mode and shoot away but you are letting the camera make the decisions for you. Get it on T or Tv or S (camera models vary) and take control!”
Andrew run’s workshops on making the most out of your camera, click here for more information on his DSLR Photography Training Workshops
Photography Tips for Kids – Tip 5 – A Touch of Sneakiness
If you can distract your child with activities and engage them, they may forget that you have a camera, which means the facade will drop and you can get some really natural shots that can’t be created any other way than by getting them relaxed and involved in something.
Andrew’s advice on photography tips for kids – “Become a camera ninja! When the kids are having fun they forget you, so blend in, sneak around and get those childrens photographs that they will hate you for when you show the to thier first boyfriend or girlfriend! 😉 ”
When your children are growing up, capturing those special moments can happen at any time. If you only ever try and photograph them at birthday parties and those trips to the beach, your selection of photos isn’t going to be very varied.
Get creative with how and when you take your photographs and you can end up with lovely, unique images of your kids that you will cherish forever.
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