Use Natural Light
- This warm natural light would be excellent for a photo shoot.sunset beach at sunset time image by louloua asgaraly from Fotolia.com
Too often, outdoor shots are ruined by unnecessary flash. Disable the flash feature on your camera and rely on natural light instead. Take advantage of the soft, diffuse light of an overcast day to bring out the detail in your child's colorfully patterned shirt. Use the warm glow of the setting sun to flatter complexion and accentuate skin tone. If the sun is bright and causes your child to squint, seek shaded areas for a more relaxed, coolly toned portrait.
- Off-center positioning and the low horizon line make this a pleasing composition.portrait child image by Stanislav Komogorov from Fotolia.com
When photographing at your child, don't forget to keep your eye on surrounding and background elements. Including objects within the frame, such as a grouping of toys in the foreground or a swing set in the background, will add depth and interest. Choose interesting textures, such as a crop of trees or a colorful wall. as backdrops--but avoid surfaces that are visually distracting, such as a reflective car or window. If you are shooting a portrait of your child, move in close and fill the frame for a personal, detailed image.
- A quick shutter finger can turn candid moments into surprise portraits.Boy smiling image by windzepher from Fotolia.com
Leave staged formal portraits for studios, and focus on capturing the child in a carefree, candid moment. A child in the midst of celebrating his soccer team's victory, or focusing intently on a crawling bug, makes an emotionally telling photograph with a story behind it. Learn to watch through your viewfinder so that you'll be ready to capture the decisive moment when it arrives. As you practice this technique, your timing will improve and your watchful eye will sharpen, resulting in more and more "candid keepers."
Experiment with the Abstract
- This photographer used outdoor light to make children's shoes a dynamic subject.childs sandals image by JulianMay.co.uk from Fotolia.com
An effective photograph need not include the child. Take a more abstract approach and capture your child's personality by photographing familiar objects or scenes she recently passed through. A few examples might be a still-dripping pair of beach sandals, the crusts of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a picnic blanket, or her fresh footprints in a mud puddle. Images of this nature are sentimental, revealing as much about your child as would a portrait.