Photographing children can be a joyful as well as an engaging process, but it’s undoubtedly a challenging project to work upon. This is because they dictate the entire child photography session with their actions as they don’t listen at all, and they may switch from merry to grumpy mood within seconds by making the reasons unobvious. This whole scenario decides that at what rate your photography session will be successful. Also, it involves fast and rapid moving actions. So, to help you with the same, here we have listed down some tips that will help you to turn these uncontrollable situations can be turned into your favor.
Here are some tips for child photography
- Have Patience: When photographing children you need to be patient. This is because that sometimes you may get a good lot of photographs and sometimes you may get nothing for a while. This might be due to the non-adjusting behavior of the child and this might lead to an interruption in your photography session. So, this is the basic trait that you need to possess while photographing children. Don’t rush or force them to do an act, just hang out, play and interact with them and finally, they will make an effort to pose for your camera.
- Let the Child run the Show: It’s obvious that you won’t be able to control each and every aspect of the shoot so why not allow the child to run the whole show? This will help you be at ease and work upon it with positive impacts. For this, follow these tips:
- Don’t try to command the child.
- Don’t feel that everything has ruined if the child isn’t following your plan. Keep on re-innovating.
- Don’t be rude to them. They will be positive for your photography session only if they are happy. You need to make them comfortable and also, make them feel that the camera is their friend.
- Interact with them and talk in their language.
- Go with the flow. Capture everything that a jolly child is doing.
- Be ready to click every expression of the child.
- Have fun with the child and you will be able to capture the best pictures.
- Take a lot of Photographs: The expressions of children changes in seconds which might result in a skip of good jolly expression. Therefore, prefer to be instant, quick and many photographs in the same pose. If you have multiple children to project in a frame, try to pay attention to each child and make sure that through clicking multiple photographs, so that you get an expression from everyone that you like. You can always select your desired photographs for a lot of clicked photographs afterward.
- Click from their Perspective: When you photograph little children, you shouldn’t just stand and click them from an adult perspective. This makes them look smaller. Getting down to their level so as that you can equalize the perspective. With that, get in the mud or water where they are playing instead of standing over the top. Crawl and play with them. Also, you need to know how you have to hold your camera so as to restrain it from any damages. With that, you also need to play and interact with the child. So, be skillful while handling your camera.
- Focus Settings: When you are framing moving subjects, it undeniably requires the right camera settings, practice, and trial. Most of the cameras have different Focus Modes, so to get through the same; read your manual once. Select that setting which is apt for tracking the focus of moving subject. That means that a camera does not fix the focus when you push down the shutter button halfway. Instead, it only “tracks” the moving objects in a frame. Now, if at the next point, you hold the shutter button more down and continue to focus a moving object, then the camera happens to track the speed and try to focus the same so that when you press the shutter to its last extent, then it is able to capture a sharp image. But to exactly tell that what the right option to shoot is; it is difficult. This is because there are too many camera brands and models and each one of them is unique with its working. All I can let you know is that when you are shooting you need to keep your moving objects under the tracking option.
- Burst Mode: You might prefer to shoot in burst or high-speed shooting mode so as to take a number of snaps. It’s then when you have to press the shutter to its end and then hold it for a while. This allows the camera to take many photographs. Many DSLR cameras have the feature of burst mode but it may differ in the frames per second rate they are capable of capturing.