Kids At Play – 10 Tips For Taking Great Photos of Children

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If you want to relive your childhood for a little time, watch kids play. Their carefree attitude, laughter, joy and utter delight from the simple things of life reminds of so much that’s good.

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Children are beautiful subjects to photograph and if you are not attempting a studio photo shoot, take several photos at play time. However, anyone who has tried to photograph their kids will know how challenging and frustrating it can be. They never want to stand still and even when you get them to pose they’re constantly making faces!



Tips For Taking Great Photos of Children

 

1. Have Patience and be ready

Be ready for anything with kids! Expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot it. Sometimes they will be shy to start with, but don’t rush or force it. Just interact with them for a while and they’ll be comfortable enough to grant you those gorgeous smiles with missing teeth.

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2. Get Down To The Child’s Level

When taking photos always try to get down to the same level as your subject especially small children.

If you take the photo from your normal standing height, you’ll be looking down at the child this would give a distorted view of them from above.

Taking the photo at their level creates an opportunity to capture a more interesting background as well.

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3. Use Burst Mode To Capture Action Shots

Due to children’s nature of constant motion, it’s almost always a challenge to stay still and get them to do what you want them to do.

This is where the burst mode feature of your camera is useful.

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4. Seek Candid Moments

Some excellent photo moments present themselves at inopportune times which is why it’s necessary to keep your phone close by.  This means you can whip it out and capture those candid natural shots of your children just being themselves.

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5. Focus On The Eyes In Portrait Photos

When taking portraits try to focus on the eyes. Getting it right creates a warmer photo and engages the viewer.

6. Use Props and Costumes

You can create something different by using costumes and props.

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7. Try shooting in different locations for unique shots

Take your children to scenic locations where you can definitely capture some memorable shots.

 8. Keep it Simple

Props, costumes, and scenic locations are great but sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple.

9. Take Different Angles

Always look at alternative angles when taking the same subjects. Sometimes the traditional point of view won’t do justice to the image.

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 10. Have Fun! That’s the most important part.

Finally, remember to have fun! Whilst capturing the fun that your children are having, don’t forget to be part of it. It’s okay to be a goofball.

Take the photography theme challenge for practice, check this link and you can find other photo tips here.



I am Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha. A freelance writer, author and serial blogger. I am a passionate life enthusiast, a peoples' person who loves to read, write and tell stories. I love the art of photography and how a single image tells many stories. My driving objective is not only to achieve my creative goals and full potentials but to hopefully serve and inspire others who are equally on the same quest as I. Connect with me on social media. I would love to hear from you.

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