Creating memories is important for every family, and capturing special moments in photos allows them to relive them again and again!
Thanks to the convenience of smartphone cameras, and all sorts of photo editing apps, parents can easily capture these moments of their children and then get creative with filters, stickers and more!
Many parents are even investing in DSLR Cameras to have professional-looking photos of their children without having to spend the money on hiring a professional photographer for “shoots”. (On my Christmas list this year, y’know, in case you’re stuck on what to get me!)
Loaded with advanced smartphones and DSLR cameras, parents are always trying to take that perfect shot of their kids!
I will be the first to admit, I want all these memories captured on camera…and I’m the worst at remembering to actually snap that pic in the moment! Please tell me I’m not the only one!
While many shots are pure luck coupled with the right timing, here are a few tips on how to take amazing pictures of your kids that will fill your scrapbooks with amazing shots!
How To Take Amazing Pictures Of Your Kids
Know Your Camera
If you’re anything like me, you’re just so darn excited to have a camera (and determined to actually use it this year!) that you’re raring to go…and start snapping everything in sight!
Whether you have a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, before you start taking photos, it’s good to play around and learn the different functions your camera has for best results.
A few basic tips to learn about your camera include:
- learning how to turn the flash off
- if your camera lets you manually change its aperture* setting
- how to change the shutter speed
- how to adjust the ISO of your camera.
The aperture setting is basically the size of the opening in the camera’s lens, so the wider it is, the more you can switch the focus of the image to only concentrate on the primary subject while blurring out the background.
Changing the shutter speed will allow you to freeze a moving subject, while a slower shutter speed will create some motion blur.
The ISO of your camera is its sensitivity to light, so you’ll want to increase it to compensate for when you’re in low-light conditions.
Use Natural light
Natural light is so much more flattering than what your camera’s flash provides, so experimenting with natural light will help you become a better photographer!
Always look for indirect natural light since this will provide soft shadows that will add extra dimension to your photos. If you shoot your child straight on, you’ll notice how the light from the front allows you to capture a soft portrait with no shadow, while a photo lit from behind your child will enhance colors and create a bright backdrop for your photos.
Stay Away From Poses
No matter how tempted you are to ask your child to pose, or “say cheese!”… don’t!
Candid shots capture your child and their personality! Since they’re unaware of what’s happening and are busy at play, this allows you to get the best moments possible (aka the ones you really want to remember!).
Just be patient and wait for the perfect moment and then start clicking away!
You’ll capture more precious moments with candid shots than with having them pose. And in order to capture these moments, never leave home without your camera! Seriously, add it to your giant Mom purse (you know you have one)! Carry it at all times so you don’t miss out on what could be great photo opportunities!
The key to getting the best photos of your kids is to keep clicking, and clicking, and sometimes…just sometimes…click some more!
Since kids are always on the go, you’ll have to click fast to get the moment that you want, so it’s best to over-shoot so that you have more choices when you go back and edit your photos.
Change Your View
Play around with your view to see what will translate to the best shot possible.
Get up high on a chair and capture your children playing from below or get on the floor and capture the world at their level. Do whatever it takes to get that one perfect shot, you’ll be glad you did!
Have Them Talk
Get your kids talking to capture some genuine expressions. Have them tell you about their day, favorite toy, etc. and you’ll see how involved they get, allowing you to get wonderful shots with real smiles and other genuine facial expressions.
Let The Sillies Out
Children always love making funny faces when they are being photographed, and really, who doesn’t?!
Although you might want a perfect smile, take advantage of this, and ask them to make funny faces and silly hand gestures while you snap away!
These pictures will make great additions to any scrapbook!
Amateur photographers think that they have to get back far to capture everything in the picture, but some of the best shots are taken really close up!
Mix it up and get super close in some shots and then go back to capture the entire situation.
When getting up close to take a photo of your child, get down to their level to get your child to look straight into the camera!
Pay attention to the background so that you can eliminate clutter and remove anything that could be a potential eyesore. Always take a quick stock of what’s in the frame before you start to shoot, so that you can easily go and take out stuff that’s too distracting. When you’re done with the shot, I promise, you can put it all back!
Learn To Frame Your Shot
You don’t always have to have the subject of your shot right in the middle. Although there are all sorts of rules about how to professionally compose a photo, it’s just plain boring to continuously shoot with your subject in the middle!
Instead, learn to experiment with the frame and change the composition.
Try shooting your child off-center, and really think about if the shot would look its best vertically or horizontally. Just play around with it for awhile, and soon enough you’ll be able to naturally tell what composition would work best for the photo you’re trying to take!
And there you have it, some of my best tips for how to take amazing pictures of your kids!
Remember, you’re not going to become a professional photographer overnight, so be patient and keep perfecting your skills by taking hundreds of pictures! Then be sure to check out these 20 Creative Ways To Display Family Photos when you’re done!
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