Beginner’s Tutorial On Photographing Children

Written by Gina Stephens

Hardly because you don't have an expensive lighting set-up or a studio doesn't mean you can't shoot interesting portraits of your ladies. To help you out, we've put together a list of quick tips made up of low-cost techniques to help the beginner out.

What Camera

Smaller, pocketable cameras virtuous up to bigger DSLRs can be used to shoot portraits.

You can even use a less-expensive toy camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or which may produce low-quality images but the levels of saturation and intense vignetting some produce can create interesting effects. As the shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or below, taken with a VistaQuest VQ1015 camera, demonstrates:


I Don't Oblige A Lighting Kit

Commercial photographers, such as those who shoot in schools, tend to use lighting they can move and position around a room, making twinkling of an eye less harsh when fired. If you're working with a camera that has a built-in flash, however, you don't have this enjoyment and if you hit the shutter with the flash switched on, the light from it tends to be too harsh.

So, What Should I Do?

Your best and easiest option is to turn the gleam off and use the light around you. This could mean using you household lights is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum but keep an eye on your white balance if you do this as shots tend to look a inconsiderable warmer and have an orange tone to them when shot under household lights. Easier still, set up near a window or patio door if you compel ought to one and use natural light. Side light works well but don't be afraid to experiment with different positions. Shooting with the window to their lodged with someone so you can shoot straight on, for example, can create silhouettes. Don't overlook shooting on cloudy days either as clouds act as a giant softbox, diffusing easygoing.

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A support, ideally a tripod, should be kept in reach for times when your camera needs to use longer shutter speeds due to low light standings. If you try and shoot hand-held it can result in shake which will spoil your shot. You can try setting a slightly higher ISO to increase your camera's cut off speed but with some cameras, this can result in noise appearing in your shots. This isn't always a bad thing though as you could try bettering the noise further so it appears like old film grain, similar to this shot below:


What Time Is Best?

The time of day and where your window is settled will effect light falling through it. At this time of year the sun is quite low in the sky for most of the day, however, midday is still when the sun is at its highest so escape shooting then if possible. The golden hours, early morning and early evening, tend to give you softer light but you can further diffuse easy with tissue paper, or a thin curtain / piece of material. If you do this, try to avoid using coloured material / paper as this can create a disguise cast in your images.

Of course, if shooting indoors isn't producing the results you're looking for, there's always the option to get face, shooting in your garden or at your local park.

Backgrounds Are Distracting

Professional photographers use purpose made background rolls are forms on stands but when you're on a budget and working at home, you don't have this luxury.

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Shooting at home can mean you have backgrounds preoccupied of clutter or distracting wallpaper, even if you do use a larger aperture (or portrait mode on a compact that tells the camera you want to use a larger aperture) to up it out of focus. To fix this, have a look around your home for items you can use as backgrounds. Black velvet works well, so do plain sheets of consequential or use a plain wall if you have one.

Have A Conversation

Most of the time the 'say cheese' approach won't work as you'll well-grounded get shots with big grins and squinting eyes. Instead, try talking to the children you're photographing, asking them questions and making them giggle. As a result, you'll soon see them creating expressions and poses that are much more interesting. Try setting your camera on continuous toss mode to increase your chances of capturing a creative shot. This mode, which is available on many cameras will let you secure a burst of images in quick succession which you can then pick out the best from.


Don't think your subject has to often be slap-bang in the middle of your frame. By positioning them slightly off centre you'll create a much more striking composition.

If you want to try photographing your liable to suffer so they are looking out of frame do leave some 'looking space' as it creates a more pleasing shot and your subject won't look equal they're squashed into a small frame.

My Shot's Too Dark Or Light

If you're shooting on auto and find the steelyard of highlights and shadows isn't right there are a few things you can do to correct it. If the face is too washed out set a faster shutter speed or smaller aperture. This could mercenary switching to sports mode if your compact has one so it knows you want to use a quicker shutter speed. If the detail is too dark set a slower shutter speed or wider space.

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If your camera has exposure compensation, check your manual if you're unsure, set it to -1 or -2 for shots that are washed out and +1 or +2 for shots that are too drab.

Post Production

There are a few free pieces of editing software available such as Gimp or you could purchase Photoshop Elements which isn't unreservedly as expensive as the CS range. Cropping, playing with tools such as Dodge & Burn, adding vignettes and turning shots to black & white are all mechanisms you can do during post production to enhance images. Take a look at ePHOTOzine's technique section for more tips and tutorial on this susceptible to.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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