Kids grow up faster than any parent ever wants them to. One day they are little bundles of joy in your arms and the next you are packing them off to college. Time goes by so fast, which is why it is important to document their formidable years through photographs. Without any more delay, here are five ways to take better photos of your kids.
1. The Best Camera to Use
The best camera for any photography is always the one you have with you. Whether it is a professional grade camera or your smartphone, use it and use it often to capture great moments in your children’s life.
2. Get Impact
Grabbing your kid’s adorable or funny look makes a huge impact on any photo. Any time your kids make you think “Awww, so cute!”, take a photo. Also, composing your photo by using the “grid view” on your smartphone camera app or regular camera will help as well.The grid lines shown here represent a technique called “The Rule of Thirds.” By placing your child’s eyes at one of the grid points or along one of the grid lines, your photo will instantly have more impact.
3. To Flash or Not to Flash
Using flash can either save a photo or completely ruin it. The flash on your smartphone is actually an LED light and isn’t very flattering for most photo situations. In a majority of cases, it’s better to move to an area with strong natural light and take the photo without the flash. If you can’t move to a better place, use wax paper to cover the flash on your smartphone by placing it between your phone case and the LED light. This will help diffuse the light and can improve the quality of the photo.
For regular, non-smartphone cameras, try “bouncing” or diffusing your camera’s flash to get the best light from your on-camera flash. If you are taking pictures indoors, aim the flash towards a nearby wall, ceiling, or door. This will “bounce” the light from that surface towards your child and create a more subtle lighting effect on them. If you’re outdoors, make sure the sun is behind your little one and then use the flash to light their face. The balance of the sun and your flash will give you a great photo.
4. Sun Is Good… or Is It?
Everyone loves sunny days! It’s great for getting a tan, going to the beach, or relaxing at the park. However, sun is not always the photographer’s best friend. When it’s sunny, both you and your kids tend to squint, and no one wants scrunched-up faces in your photos. So, when the sun is out, make sure that it is behind the person you are taking a photo of, and then snap away.
When the clouds come out, don’t put away your camera. Clouds and fog can make for great photo opportunities. Clouds diffuse the sun, which makes for amazing light to photograph your little ones. If it gets too cloudy and dark, just use a little bit of flash.
5. Let Your Kids Be Kids
Parents always want the perfect smiling picture of their children to share with their friends and family. However, some of the best pictures are the ones that show off their personality, silliness, or imperfect moments. Let your kids run around and be crazy, unruly, and just have fun for a bit while you take photos of them. They will have a blast “being bad” and you’ll grab some great shots. Afterwards, when they are tired out, grab that one perfect smiling photo, but be sure to keep the others as well!
Using these five techniques will not only improve your photography skills, but should also provide you with memorable moments you can treasure forever!