How to Get the Best Candids of your Child
Candids of children are generally the norm, as kids do not like to pose for photos, and these types of photos reflect the child's personality. All photographers should capture candid photos of children with a decent digital camera and good settings.
Step 1: Pick the Location
Generally, the best candid shots come when children are playing, but obtaining candid shots inside can be difficult. Photographers will be dealing with low-light problems. The flash, however, really is not the solution. It can create deep shadows or red eye issues.
A better location may be outdoors, especially in the mornings or early afternoon. The ambient light will be perfect, and trees, grass and playground equipment will make for great background objects.
If a photographer does have to take pictures inside, try manipulating the ISO and set the camera to a faster shutter speed. Many cameras do have auto ISO features, and these should be set to at least 1600 for good pictures that are not blurry.
Step 2: Get to Their Level
Photographs taken from above children will create strange angles. Plus, it will not really reflect the view of the child. Instead, photographers should get on their knees and follow the child around.
Or, if photographers are skilled enough, they can try shooting from the hip. This means that the camera is kept near the hip, and users simply take the pictures from that height. Another advantage with this angle is that oftentimes the subject does not even know that they are being photographed.
Step 3: Take Plenty of Pictures
A child is not going to wait for a photographer to shoot a picture; it just needs to be caught. Be prepared to take plenty of pictures in succession, and start taking them as soon as the child starts doing something.
If a camera has a continuous shooting mode, photographers should use it. It will allow photographers to take a number of photographs in quick succession. But, they should bring plenty of memory cards when using this mode. That way, there will be a spare if the memory card that the photographer is using fills up.
Step 4: Connect with the Child
Most children become shy when a camera comes out. So, photographers should get to know their subject before they bring out the camera. Talk to the child and really connect with him. This will make him more comfortable. Also, let him take a few photographs on his own, as this will also help the child become comfortable with the camera.
Try interacting with the child, such as making faces at him or laughing. Generally, this will cause the child to laugh or make faces back at the photographer.
Step 5: Use Props
Have a bunch of toys or other interesting objects set up around the room or backyard. More than likely, the child will pick up one of these props and interact with it. This will entertain the child and make him more relaxed. Plus, it will better show the child's personality, and the props can also be used in the photographs as well.