Photography Tips - Children Photography
There is no "complete guide to children photography" however there are few points you might want to consider.
Try and play with the kid while you are taking the shots. Making faces, telling jokes will help to make them laugh and kids look best when they are happy. Get down to their level.
You don't want them to see you as an adult. You want them to see you as a friend. Whether outdoors or inside, your best chance at capturing an engaging child portrait will definitely involve crawling around a bit.
The first step to improve your child portraits is to get down at their level. Your aim is to keep the camera level with their eyes.
The type of lens you want to use for child portraits is anywhere between 50mm and 100mm is ideal.
As for the shutter speed, unless you want all of your child candid portraits to turn out blurry, you're going to have to use a fast shutter speed. Think about the lighting in your home. The best room to use is one with more than one window that gets good light. I'd start by switching your camera into Aperture Priority mode. This will let you have some creative control over depth of field which can be an important factor in portraits.
A child isn't going to have the patience for heavy posing so switch your camera into 'burst' or 'continuous shooting' mode and fire off more than one shot at a time. This technique can work very well when you're photographing children. In doing this you create a series of images that could be presented together instead of just one static image. Expressions will sell the image every time. Concentrate on expressions!
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