10 Great Tips for Photographing Your Kids

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noon-sun-photography.jpgWith the holidays upon many of us I suspect cameras are being pulled out of the cupboards for a lot of use around family events.

One subject that I guess is many of our viewfinders more than any at this time of year are kids.

Kids enter into the spirit of the holidays with much enthusiasm and make great subjects – but how should we tackle photographing them?

I mean they never keep still, they’re always dribbling food on their best clothes, they throw tantrums… (ok, who can tell I’ve been home all week looking after the kids?)

One of our resident experts on the topic – pro kids photographer Rachel Devine – has put together a great article over at the site of our good friends at Photojojo – it’s got Top 10 Tips for Photographing Kids and it makes a great read. Check out out her article here.

Of course if kids photography is something that you want to improve in – check out Rachel’s dPS Kids Photography eBook which one of the most comprehensive collections of kids photography eBooks that you’ll ever find!

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Darren Rowse

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  • Hi

    Wonderful Tips – just watch them am capture the moment – Journalistic – Style

    Like this one of Eating Sea Sand!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/eating-sand/

  • n/a

    The Kids e-book looks nice, but I think the author is missing the point of e-books. They are an opportunity to go low price, high sales volume, since you don’t have publishing costs. Selling at $30 with no publishing costs is rather exhorbitant. (Not to mention it just encourages people to consider piracy instead.) I would suggest it should be about $5. Then I would buy a copy right now, despite the inconvenience of it being in electronic form rather than paper. Be bold, slash the price to $5, keep publicizing it strongly around the web, and you might get many times as many sales, and your profits will actually go up. Plus you build a bigger fan base who is likely to buy your next book too or other services you are selling. It’s the modern way, have a think about it! I’m never going to pay $30!

  • After reading the very stylish Rachel Devine post at Photojojo, I came back here to leave a link! A link to something I wrote that I felt like sharing with DPS readers. I am neither a professional photographer, nor a professional blogger, just a bad case of nerves here, as you can guess, so feedback will really be appreciated.

    http://subhorup.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-tips-photographs-of.html

  • Love shooting my kids. With my camera of course…

    Flickr:

    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • I agree my daughter hardly ever sits still and after 3-4 photographs she starts hiding her face and if I still persist then she screams. I usually do a pack up when she starts hiding her face.

  • AyeKay

    At a first glance the price may seem a little stepp but this is a great ebook! It’s got a lot more useable info than many other ‘real’ books that i’ve purchased.
    It is packed full of great tips for taking better shots of kids as well as loads of inspirational images. If you’re serious about improving your kids photography than this will help you produce many more images with the wow factor rather than just ‘average’ snapshots!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/48566141@N03/6294308951/in/photostream

  • I bought the book and immediately had a series of emergency situations to deal with. Three-four weeks later the link had expired. No renewal option! I really want to have the information to span child photography over time…as a reference. Very bummed out.

  • Tanvvi

    I found the ebook very helpful but I do wish she had written details about the lenses she used or the tools she used for editing.

  • Arturomar

    I have an assignment for this sunday, my grand-nephew’s birthday party wich is indoors, so first thing I did was to default to 800 ISO on my C1,C2,C3 pre-recorded configurations on my Canon 40D.

  • ArturoMM

    I made some tests and change my mind about the ISO 800 setting, I manage to cover the flash (Canon 430) with a white plastic bottle and got good exposures at ISO 100, better ISO 200 because the party location has the walls and ceiling farther than the place where I run the test.

    The bottle was for smoother shadows.

    I’m looking forward to improve both my english and my photography.

  • More of a summer post me thinks?

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  • PaulB January 15, 2012 02:01 am

    More of a summer post me thinks?

  • ArturoMM December 3, 2011 02:15 pm

    I made some tests and change my mind about the ISO 800 setting, I manage to cover the flash (Canon 430) with a white plastic bottle and got good exposures at ISO 100, better ISO 200 because the party location has the walls and ceiling farther than the place where I run the test.

    The bottle was for smoother shadows.

    I'm looking forward to improve both my english and my photography.

  • Arturomar December 3, 2011 05:08 am

    I have an assignment for this sunday, my grand-nephew's birthday party wich is indoors, so first thing I did was to default to 800 ISO on my C1,C2,C3 pre-recorded configurations on my Canon 40D.

  • Tanvvi December 2, 2011 06:35 pm

    I found the ebook very helpful but I do wish she had written details about the lenses she used or the tools she used for editing.

  • jill December 2, 2011 08:55 am

    I bought the book and immediately had a series of emergency situations to deal with. Three-four weeks later the link had expired. No renewal option! I really want to have the information to span child photography over time...as a reference. Very bummed out.

  • AyeKay December 2, 2011 08:02 am

    At a first glance the price may seem a little stepp but this is a great ebook! It's got a lot more useable info than many other 'real' books that i've purchased.
    It is packed full of great tips for taking better shots of kids as well as loads of inspirational images. If you're serious about improving your kids photography than this will help you produce many more images with the wow factor rather than just 'average' snapshots!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/48566141@N03/6294308951/in/photostream

  • Mridula November 27, 2011 05:59 pm

    I agree my daughter hardly ever sits still and after 3-4 photographs she starts hiding her face and if I still persist then she screams. I usually do a pack up when she starts hiding her face.

  • gnslngr45 November 27, 2011 12:54 pm

    Love shooting my kids. With my camera of course...

    Flickr:

    Http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • subhorup dasgupta November 27, 2011 12:41 pm

    After reading the very stylish Rachel Devine post at Photojojo, I came back here to leave a link! A link to something I wrote that I felt like sharing with DPS readers. I am neither a professional photographer, nor a professional blogger, just a bad case of nerves here, as you can guess, so feedback will really be appreciated.

    http://subhorup.blogspot.com/2011/11/photography-tips-photographs-of.html

  • n/a November 27, 2011 12:10 pm

    The Kids e-book looks nice, but I think the author is missing the point of e-books. They are an opportunity to go low price, high sales volume, since you don't have publishing costs. Selling at $30 with no publishing costs is rather exhorbitant. (Not to mention it just encourages people to consider piracy instead.) I would suggest it should be about $5. Then I would buy a copy right now, despite the inconvenience of it being in electronic form rather than paper. Be bold, slash the price to $5, keep publicizing it strongly around the web, and you might get many times as many sales, and your profits will actually go up. Plus you build a bigger fan base who is likely to buy your next book too or other services you are selling. It's the modern way, have a think about it! I'm never going to pay $30!

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 27, 2011 11:05 am

    Hi

    Wonderful Tips - just watch them am capture the moment - Journalistic - Style

    Like this one of Eating Sea Sand!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/eating-sand/

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