Photography, my favorite hobby, is an excellent way for parents to bond with their children. Taking portraits of my daughter is an enjoyable experience for both of us. As I own a Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel XTI, I publish some of my photographs with my writing. I hope to explain how parents can take professional quality photographs of their children. You can avoid photographer’s fees and have an amazing experience with your child if you follow a few simple steps.
- Help Your Child Relax
Portrait photographs have a unique and authentic quality. Great portraits are different from the cheesy holiday photographs that you can get in department stores. According to Digital Photography School, you should cut the phrase “Cheese!” from your vocabulary altogether to get a good portrait. With a portrait, you should capture a beautiful moment, instead of a perfect grin. To help with the authenticity of the moment, help your child relax. Take the pressure off as you skip the coaching. Let your child play and have fun. While the right photograph will come naturally, taking a portrait is a very organic process that requires you to really see the beauty in the nonstandard moments.
- Get Your Child Interested
When photographing a child, time matters. According to Shutterfly, you should set everything up before to keep the child interested in the shoot, and bring edible props when possible. A little candy can go a long way. Bubbles or a soccer ball might motivate another child. Work with the interests of the child. To keep a child motivated, offer choices. Give breaks as needed. Children can tire easily.
- Use A High Quality Camera And Lens
According to Kayture blog photographer James Chardon, the lens you choose is critical. You want a lens that you can use to create a bokeh effect (the out of focus area behind your subject). Some cameras only come with one lens option. If you choose a camera that offers different lenses, pick out a lens that gives very sharp photograph. The area that is in focus should be razor sharp for a portrait with the area behind your subject out of focus. When you buy a camera, pick one that can shoot in RAW format, which will get better pictures and will lead to an easier time as you edit afterwards. Get familiar with the portrait setting of the camera, but also discover how to create the bokeh effect manually by using a wide aperture.
- Check Your Lighting
Lighting can make or break a photo. According to Digital Camera World, natural lighting is the best for a natural-looking child portrait. Choose a spot outside where the sun touches the ground. Skip areas with spotty shade, such as under a tree, or under your porch. Double check that the camera catches the white of your child’s eyes. On a bright day in the sun, sometimes shadows will fall in the eyes that can create a very dark and eery effect.
- Let Your Child See The Pictures
Show your child the photographs as you take them. Children like to be aware of how their experiences translate to the screen. Playback the images and show the thumbnail. When you take a short break, show your child the images as you upload them to a computer. Great photographs can inspire your child to take more amazing images.