Kids grow fast and you are amazed at how different your one-year-old is 6 months before and after.
Many parents want to record the precious grow-up moments of their kids that would warm their hearts years later, and here're 4 tips that help you take great photos of your kids.
Lighting, lighting, lighting! Lighting matters a lot in photography... we paint our canvas with light. If you are shooting the photos in an outdoor settling, try to do it in the afternoon (around 4pm) if you can and position your child behind sunlight (not facing the sun). Backlight outlines the child's delicate figure and highlights his/her hair without causing discomfort in the eyes. I love photographing in backlight as it naturally creates mood in the photo. As soon as you set the child in the backlight condition, give him/ her a toy to play with, and you will begin the photoshoot! You might have to use continuous mode of shooting (burst mode) to capture the child's fast changing expressions.
#2 Choose a Clean Background
Avoid distractions such as poles, trash cans and other objects, choose a clean and uncluttered background. Open up the aperture to blur the background and make the subject stands out. Ideally, choosing a clean background under backlight condition will give you 90% chance of success, but what if one factor is missing? Say you find a clean background but it is not under backlight condition? For me, I would prioritise light condition to background. It is the backlight that creates mood in the photos, and you can always open up the aperture to blur the background to make it cleaner.
#3 Get Close
Fill your frame with the subject, don't feel shy to get close.
#4 Shooting Modes
Use "M" (Manual) Mode and burst mode. If the child is the only subject in the photos, open up your aperture (typically F2.8, F4) while using high shutter speed to "freeze" and capture his/her expressions.
If you are a beginner and want to learn all the basics in photography, I would recommend you enrol our class, I know what beginners find confusing about photography and my goal is to change your perspective and make your take stunning photos in just 3 hours. Plus, we provide the equipment for you!