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Photographing children

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Photographing children

  1. 1. Photographing Children Lisa L. Cowart Photographer
  2. 2. Equipment <ul><li>At least 6 mexapixels. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider auto program options. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider flash attachment. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a camera body with lens attachments. </li></ul><ul><li>If using a camera with manual options, do not shoot slower than a 1/60 of a second without a tripod. The larger the aperture the more of the photograph is out of focus. </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Tips <ul><li>Photograph children in their own environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a time of day when your child is at his/her best, or make sure he/she is rested. </li></ul><ul><li>Have items available that interest your child. </li></ul><ul><li>Take “Busy” pictures (especially for those who will not pose). </li></ul><ul><li>Get up close. </li></ul><ul><li>Start annual traditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Take many images (especially if shooting those who will not pose). </li></ul><ul><li>Do not expect perfection (especially for those who will not pose). </li></ul><ul><li>For occasions you plan, have someone else take the photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider your expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Chose the most appealing background available. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot from above or below. Shoot child hanging upside down. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot from behind or at an angle. </li></ul><ul><li>Take pictures of your child’s hands, feet, back of neck, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Get ideas from media sources (T.V. Commercials, Magazines, Internet) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t like the color or lighting?? Have the lab change the image to Black and White and see if you do not like it better (black and whites of children are awesome anyway). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rules of Composition (ignore these for ‘those who will not pose’) <ul><li>Its all about the light so use it. Always consider where the light is coming from. </li></ul><ul><li>Design Concepts (line, shape, form, texture and contrast). </li></ul><ul><li>Quadrants. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of Thirds. </li></ul><ul><li>Symmetry (Crash Point). </li></ul><ul><li>Horizon line (should hit subject at knees not waist). </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoors (early or late or in the shade). You should almost always use a flash. Use highest point on horizon and the quadrants or rule of thirds to place subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat Elements. </li></ul>
  5. 5. More Rules of Composition <ul><li>Frame your subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Vanishing point (in which all lines lead into the image). Subject can be at the vanishing point, opposite the vanishing point, or in front of the vanishing point. </li></ul><ul><li>Use compositional pointers. </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective. Focal length of lens. Wide angle, normal and telephoto lens. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Links <ul><li>Footprints Photography-Erin Drallos, Photographer in Clarkston Michigan is my hero in child photography. She specializes in black and white and hand colored images. </li></ul>