Great Kid Pix:
Your camera’s built-in flash will come in handy, whether you’re
shooting indoors or out. Inside, of course, flash is often required because
of lower light levels. When shooting outdoors in harsh sun, you can use fill
flash to open up dark shadows on a child’s face.
If you’re shooting indoors without flash, consider using high-speed film
or a fast ISO setting on your digital camera—perhaps in the 400 to 1600
range. Outdoors, ISO 100 is often a good choice, but a higher speed (sometimes
combined with flash) may give you sharper results if you’re photographing
children in active play.
photo by Kim Peck, Peterborough, NH
Parent & Child
Portraits of a parent and child together can be very endearing, although you’ll
need to consider the child’s age when setting up such a portrait. A young
child may naturally move in close to the mother, while older children or teen-agers
often prefer to assert their burgeoning independence. In any case, whenever
photographing two people together, make sure that the head of one—in this
case the parent—is slightly higher than the other for a visually pleasing
When a parent and child share a strong resemblance, you can emphasize their
similarity by shooting a close-up of their faces. To reveal a mutual bond, take
a few pictures of them looking at one another rather than directly at the camera.
photo by Judi LaBelle, Bonita Springs, FL
5 Tips For Kid Pix
• Try different camera angles and levels.
• Engage the child in a favorite activity.
• Use a moderate telephoto lens to get up close.
• Experiment with fill flash.
• Shoot some parent/child portraits.
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