Tips for photographing a toddler
We spent 45 minutes walking nearby our house, through the woods and across the cricket pitch - the roped off area was no hindrance to her as she walked right underneath it to completely fresh, untouched powder. I took a series of images and shared them to Facebook. During the day I was aware that I wasn't the only parent to have gone out and photographed their child that day...
I wanted to share a few tips on how images of toddlers can simply be improved. I'm going to work on the basis that you've chosen an outfit that you like and chosen a good time of day to go out, I.e when they're not hungry or sleepy.
This first one is really obvious, but catches me out all the time:
- Give their face a wipe to remove any muck, it's just annoying to retouch out later!
- Choose a location that has plenty of available light, this will help the camera focus and have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action
- Choose to shoot at an angle that gives a good interesting background with no large or colourful distractions
- Crouch down to shoot images from the child's perspective, this gives a contextual background and is more flattering of the child. I did take the first image in this post standing as I intentionally wanted to eliminate any background...
- Set the camera to a small aperture (F4-F5.6) to blur the background and give definition between the subject and the background. On many cameras there is a Portrait Mode which will do this automatically
- Don't hide behind the camera for too long, just lift the camera up, take a number of shots and drop it down again. This eye contact will help keep the child's attention
- Work fast, as we all know children get bored quickly.
- Take lots and lots of images, digital photos don't cost a thing! You can delete the bad ones later after all and camera/computer memory is really cheap (unless you're battling with insufficient memory on an iPhone?)
I hope that helps, happy shooting.
When this happens, it's time to go home.
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