July 7, 2020
Consider the activity. Are they sitting-still or running around? Am I able to get close or do I want to catch the entire scene? In most cases smartphone camera zooms aren’t very good and are essentially magnifying the image, creating a distorted and blurry result. I strongly recommend getting as close to the subject as possible. It’s hard to hold your phone steady which is needed to keep your zoomed-in subject in frame. Zooming on a smartphone is essentially magnified, creating a distorted and blurry result. For capturing images where the subject not moving, I strongly suggest using your smartphone’s PORTRAIT MODE. This creates a shallow depth-of-field, basically it means it focuses the foreground and blurs out the background making your subject sharp and stand out. It also adds a softness to the image making the subject have smooth glowy skin. If you are taking action shots, you will need to be able to see a wider angle. Portrait mode won’t work here.
Be aware of your background. Is grandpa joe sitting in a lawn chair drinking a beer… No judgement. Try switching up the angle including getting low or going high or just getting up and walking around until you think it looks interesting. Get down to their level. Show your viewer what life is like through their eyes.
The key to creating images that make you click like is capturing emotion. Whether it be happy or sad emotion, it will draw your viewer in… even if that viewer is just you. Snap when they aren’t looking. Take pictures when they are deep in thought trying to figure something new out or dancing to their favorite Disney movie. Give them an activity or something to eat. Ask them to interact or play games with each other where they can be silly or even competitive.
This one may seem obvious, but make sure your camera is clean. You’re a busy person, so chances are you probably hand your hand or something else smudge across the lens.
Kids are unpredictable and photography is circumstantial. Take many shots of the same exact image, just in case something wasn’t quite focused, or someone blinked. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, just make sure it makes you smile.
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