Photographing Kids: A Walk Through a Shoot

Photographing Kids: A Walk Through a Shoot


Today we have a video from Jarded Polin from FroKnowsPhoto where he walks us through a photo shoot of a child. Jared did this shoot with a fairly entry level DSLR – a Nikon D3100 and a good but not professional lens – to show you that you can shoot in manual and get decent results even with basic gear.

Jared is the creator of a great Video course that is excellent for DSLR owners who want to get the most from their cameras.

It’s really designed for anyone who feels they don’t have full control of their cameras and will help you get out of auto mode, take tack sharp images and understand your camera’s feature. Check it out today on Jared’s Site where it is 30% off for the next week.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • PaulB October 22, 2012 03:37 am

    Thanks for this video post, informative and enjoyable. Nice work!

  • Richard October 21, 2012 01:00 pm

    Jared; Great video. Loved the details of how you achieved each shot discussed. Thanks again.

  • deliverator October 15, 2012 02:31 am

    @gabriela: I think Jared was only recommending going manual for exposure settings. He says in the video that he was using either single focus (AF-S) or continuous focus mode (AF-C) , which are" AI-Focus AF" and "AI-Servo AF" in Canons, I believe.

    I found it interesting that he found it easier to use manual exposure settings in that environment. It does make a lot of sense, as the overall light is unlikely to change outdoors in just a few minutes, unless the sun goes behind a cloud, or something. I would have liked to have learned how he decided on how much to increase exposure when the subject moved into the shade. Is it a rule of thumb, i.e. two more stops for shade, or did he rely on his camera's meter, in which case why not just shoot in aperture priority and spot metering as the first poster suggested?

  • Nicky thomson October 14, 2012 07:05 pm

    Great advice for beginners. Really found this useful. It's good to have videos for a change on the list of tutorials- very user friendly. Lots more of the please!

  • MM October 14, 2012 06:23 am

    I thought this video was great! I wish I could see what his meter was doing inside the camera. I never know whether I should go above or below the "middle" or whether to try and get my settings to be at the middle. Is there another tutorial somewhere that might be able to show me the meter and what the photographer is thinking?

  • Joe October 13, 2012 03:04 am

    I really believe this was not intended for the advanced photographer. This is great information for anyone below that level, we should all learn how to shoot in manual, learn more about how shutter speed can affect light and exposure, and not to rely on what your camera is doing in auto focus.
    This was a great presentation and done with great enthusiasm.

  • Darren October 12, 2012 09:05 pm

    Jareds Video's are very informative and of a similar style. I too find it very helpful to have someone go through everything, ie: what they did, when and why and show the shots that didnt make it.

    Thanks Jared.

  • gabriela October 12, 2012 04:03 pm

    It's great. I didn't know when to change the Iso.... I thought you only needed it in low light situations...

    The catch of going manual when your camera doesnt have live view & no other option but through the viewfinder & check that your focus point is sharp.

  • Aya October 12, 2012 07:37 am

    That was hilarious Jared ! I loved it !

    I recommend to get more of your videos over here :)

  • Gary Haddan October 12, 2012 07:06 am

    Great video, I like the different examples and the mistakes. This helps improve my portrait photography!


  • Valerie October 12, 2012 06:45 am

    Great vid! Thanks for all the info! I like how you took it step-by-step..... even sharing the non-keepers. Helped me lots!

  • ArturoMM October 12, 2012 04:59 am

    Not easy to find a video where the photographer talks everything he/she is thinking when taking photos.

    I liked this video very much and found it tho be very educative.

    I think Jared is a great photographer and teacher, his teaching style makes me keep attentive.

    I also liked very much the photo he choose as his favorite.

  • Edwin October 12, 2012 04:11 am

    @Lionel, do you call that a humble opinion?

  • Jai Catalano October 12, 2012 02:00 am

    One of the best pieces of advice I got for shooting kids was don't try to win them over. My first thought was HOW THE F AND I GOING TO DO THAT?

  • Jay October 10, 2012 03:50 am

    I am always grateful that someone takes the time to share tips and video-instructions; these tutorials are always great lessons for me.

    Jared, I hope my comment about aperture priority did not trigger any negativity - my apologies if it did.


  • ccting October 9, 2012 05:06 pm

    Thanks very much for this video.. i like it very much..

  • Jeremy October 9, 2012 03:48 am

    Lionel your comment is ridiculous.. How is any of the info bollocks? How is he a sham and an embarrassment to the profession?

    These might not be his best shots, but he is definitely a good photographer and he has put out some great informative videos to help many skill levels of photographers.

    He never really says that exposure is the key focus of this video as he does go over plenty of composition and focus on what the subject is doing. All in all, this is a great video and can be very helpful to some photographers out there. If the video isn't helpful to you, then maybe you are more skilled than someone that could find this video helpful and you should just move on..

  • Leah October 9, 2012 12:45 am

    Loved it. Great tips, delivered in a very accessible way for those of us wanting to learn to take better photos. Thanks Jared!

  • Lionel October 8, 2012 09:10 am

    And in my humble opinion, you should worry a little less about your exposure and quite a lot more about the subject you are photographing! Frankly I have never heard some much bollocks in all my life, this guy is a sham and an embarrassment to the profession.

  • Jay October 7, 2012 04:22 am

    Good energy and enthusiasm, thanks for sharing. However, IMHO, a better settings combination for this kind of photo shoot is:
    - Aperture priority
    - Spot metering (even my six yr old Rebel has a spot metering- via a hack)
    -Back button focusing to decouple metering from focus
    - Continous focusing

    This setup will allow you to concentrate on composition and following the action. The shutter button locks in metering only and you can use an abbreviated zone system to pick neutral zones. Manual metering for this fast moving situation may cause errors.- Of course, I am just an amateur!

    Thanks again.