For a photographer to be able to click a portrait of a toddler is next to impossible, and quite rarely are you able to find such a photographer. The process of photographing children involves a lot of movement from their side of course, and you have to be skilled enough to be able to take a good shot amidst this constant motion. The best format to click the best photograph is in digital mode. This is because shooting in digital gives you much more freedom than any other format, and works great with capturing shots whilst in movement. Given below are some tips to be able to get through this process effectively.
When you try to photograph children, the one thing you need is ample amount of patience. As soon you start off you may not get any shots that are worthwhile because they wouldn’t want to cooperate. They will be shy, or tend to just be unenthusiastic and run away. You may think that this may not be the case when you personally know the child, but this is not true. They may be just as shy as the kid you don’t know as soon as you take out your camera. The only thing you can do is, rather than forcing things, take your time, play with the children and let them warm up to you.
When you are dealing with kids, you have to be ready for anything and everything. You have no idea when they will do something worth capturing, therefore you always have to be on the go and be alert at all times. Get your camera and lens ready, and if you are at the right place at the right time then you will be lucky enough to capture the moment, whether it is a kids studio photoshoot or a random day at their homes.
Be at their level
During a kids studio photoshoot, or anywhere outside, it is necessary to photograph them from their level. Taking the photographs for a higher level, makes the children look small, thus making the picture not as good as it may seem. This is why getting down to their level, getting dirty and playing with them will allow for a better shot. To do this effectively you must also be able to hold your camera, and still take a good shot.
Natural vs. flashlight
One of the major questions to be asked is when the flash should be used. The answer to this is when the light in the background is not adequate enough to make the image pop. For any photograph to look good, there is a necessity for there to be adequate light. If it is too dark then you have to use a flash to bring some light in.
While there are many more things to keep in mind when photographing children, the tips given above should be some main points to keep in mind.