Who doesn’t love taking pictures of their kids, or grandkids? Having a smartphone means that a camera is always nearby and ready to capture those special moments as they happen. But sometimes getting a good shot of your kids isn’t quite that easy. Getting them to pose or just look at the camera can be a challenge. And what's up with those dark and blurry photos?
Here are a few quick tips that you can apply the next time you want to take pictures of your children.
Try and stay away from asking your kids to pose. Instead, be around to capture the emotions they display in a moment. If you’re patient enough and simply enjoy the time with your children, you’ll find it much easier to capture the essence of it.
Get down to their level. If you’re photographing very small children try and get down to their level to photograph them. This angle gives you a more interesting background too.
Have a conversation with them. Having a conversation with your child about their favorite superhero or their best friend at school will make for lovely facial expressions. You could even have them sing along to their favorite songs for extra fun photos.
Use unique locations to your advantage. If you have planned a walk in the woods or a day at the beach, take advantage of your unique surroundings to capture some great pictures.
Avoid midday sunlight. Lighting makes a big difference in photos so aim for early morning or evening light for outdoor shots.
If you can try to photograph in open shade. That is a shaded spot where you can still see the sun, like on the shady side of a building. Sidewalks, concrete, light colored buildings will all bounce light onto your subject. Position your subjects next to one of these and watch how the light can improve.
When photographing indoors, use windows and open doors to light your photos. If your subjects are dark, preposition so that they are facing the light source.
But more then anything, just remember to enjoy the moment and have fun!