My tips for better childrens photography (part 1)

I take lots of pictures. And since my boys arrived I take lots of pictures of my boys, their friends and cousins and so on.

If I should sum up my best tips for better photos, here goes:

Move to the childs eye level. Photo by me.

Move to the childs eye level. Photo by me.

Move to the childs eye level

When I browse blogs I see so many parrents walking up to their kids and shooting from the parrent perspective. Taking the time to move the camera to their level brings life to the picture. It shows the childs world and gives you the opportunity to catch the look in their eyes.

With babies this means crawling on the floor. With older kids it means mounting the trampoline with them - or even climbing the tree. But often it’s enough to sit down and join their perspective.

Try it.

I've left out hands, hair, chair, table and the remains of the breakfast - but I've kept the great smile and the symbol of his first birthday (the flag). Photo by me.

Let the important stuff fill the picture. Here I've kept the great smile and the symbol of his first birthday (the flag) but chipped of the rest. Photo by me.

Cut the crap
- crop to the good stuff

Many a picture can be improved if you take the time to crop it afterwards (or leave out excess while taking it). My rule of thumb is to let the important stuff fill the picture. Often arms and legs or some of the toys can be omitted without loosing the best part of the shot - thus leaving more attention for the great expression or the story in the picture.

Move to get a good background

It pays of to look at the background before you shoot. Sometimes you only see those big blue eyes in the seeker, and you don’t notice the potted plant growing up from his head or the dirty dishes piling up in the background. But you will notice when the picture hits the screen!

  • Sometimes it is enough to move the camera thus changing the perspective and changing the background.
  • Other times you might need to move a few things - e.g. the dirty coffee mug stealing the attention behind your cutie pie’s back.
  • If your camera has a “portrait-function” it can make the background blurry taking the edge of the mess.

A classic: Say cheese! But notice the parrent perspective, all the unimportant stuff and the messy background. Photo by someone who borrowed my camera.

A classic: Say cheese! But notice the parrent perspective, all the unimportant stuff and the messy background. Photo by someone who borrowed my camera.

Same scene but rather different. Childs eye level, cropped to important stuff and blurry background.

Same scene but rather different. Childs eye level, cropped to important stuff and blurry background. I like how it shows the process rather than the end result. Photo by me.

What are your best tips for photographing children?

4 Comments »

 
  1. Kids without a doubt make the best subjects (well, dogs too)
    You’ve managed to capture some great images here!

  2. Neal Morgan says:

    I think you nailed the best tip, get down low with the child. If youcan clean up a bit so the background is “Clean” too

  3. John Parent says:

    Very Cute pictures!! Thanks for the tips

  4. I really love the “Cropped to important stuff and blurry background” photo. It gives me some idea on how to enhance my photography skills

 

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