I shoot with a Canon Rebel T4i with a stock lens, as well as, a 50mm f/2.8 lens. I love, love, love this camera. I use Photoshop CS5 for all of my editing & I like to purchase actions from Totally Rad as well as ones that I find for free on the internet or through Pinterest.
If you need any good recommendations for photography classes geared to help you with your DSLR try this amazing course taught by Kevin & Josh.
Now that I got all of that out of the way, here are the last five tips for photographing children.
1. Let the child or children you are photographing enjoy the moment and even play while you shoot. I love to take shots of Oliver hanging from the monkey bars or playing with a stick instead of asking him to just smile at the camera. Here is the perfect example where I let him play and captured him climbing in the trees.
|monkeying around in the tree|
2. Shoot everything...edit down the ones you keep later. That's the beauty of using a digital camera. It's not rare for me to shoot a few HUNDRED photos when we originally shoot & then to narrow it down later to my favorite 20 and delete the rest. This is how I get every little expression or moment. Like this one...
|learning to ride a tricycle|
3. Make it a positive experience. I do this by offering incentives such as chocolate, or bubble blowing, or just simply playing together. When my son was younger and I took monthly photos of him, blowing bubbles were responsible for magic belly laughter. Get creative. Make it feel like a game so they won't fight you on it next time.
|Olly's monthly growth pictures his first year|
4. Always have the camera with you....don't always schedule a photo. Anytime I leave the house without the camera I regret it. By having it with me I am able to catch moments that otherwise would be missed. I have it at the dinner table, when we go on walks, when we head to the mall because there might just be a carousel... I just never know when I might get the sweetest most authentic picture that represents my son in that moment of time.
5. Capture who they are in each photo and the rest will all follow naturally. I am always on standby when I think there is a chance of a happy or funny photo. These are two of my favorites...they show both sides of his quite hilarious personality.
The most important thing I have found is to have fun experimenting with it. Don't be afraid to pick the camera up and learn as you go. Black and white photos are very forgiving. Know that children are easy because they have no real expectations. Make them smile and in turn they will make you smile.
I hope these last two weeks worth of tips helped you out a little bit. In the upcoming weeks I will teach you how I "stage" a photo, how I pose for portrait type photographs, and anything else you may be curious about. Just leave me a comment or email and let me know what types of things you would like to see.
See you tomorrow with a FUN DIY!