6 Jun

photographing little ones

Posted in Photo tips

These days almost everybody has some type of camera. Many of you have children. For those of you with both, here are a few tips that will help you take better pictures and capture those moments you love to share on Facebook.

Background Check

Background is almost as important as the subject. Distracting objects and color can ruin an otherwise beautiful image.

Try to do a quick scan to make sure there isn’t a signpost or trashcan behind your subject.

Also, consider the hair and clothes of your little munchkin… dark hair /clothes, with a dark background is no bueno.  Without the proper lighting these tones and colors can blend and not only make the image appear flat, but can make little hair look like big hair and little bodies look mammoth.

This is one of the hardest things to remember when you are looking at 20 pounds of ‘pure cute’ through your viewfinder (or in many cases on the LCD of your phone).  Practice doing this anytime you take a pic. It’s for a good cause. You can do it!

Get down and dirty

Camera-to-subject angle has a huge impact on the feel and often the success of a photograph. Position yourself so that you are down on their level.

If the ‘little one’ is crawling towards you, for example, lay down on your stomach to take the picture. This allows you to fill the frame with their face, body or both.  Sometimes it’s worth getting dirty for a good shot.  If you ask me, it’s always worth it.

Get a little closer

If you can’t zoom in with your camera, scoot closer to your subject. You don’t need all of that background around them.  In most cases it only detracts from your subject.

Also, your print quality will be better if you don’t have to “crop in” on the subject later when you are fiddling around with your images on the computer or at a lab getting prints made.

What are they thinking?

Sometimes you have to coax a reaction out of children (adults too, for that matter).  If you want to change the expression on their face — without having to explain what the words ‘facial’ and ‘expression’ mean or ending up with forced smiles — try asking them a question that makes no sense.

“What color is a blue frog?” This will usually elicit a puzzled look or a laugh; or they will just look at you like you are an idiot and you may have to change your tactics a bit. Ask them how to spell a big word, ask them if they drive to work… you get the point.

Natural smiles and expressions give a picture life and emotion. There’s a big personality in that little body. Capture it, enjoy it and share it. I love to feel something when I look at a photograph. I don’t need to know the smiling child in the photograph to feel a smile inside myself when I look at it.

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