Is your kid one of those “strong-willed” types who makes it frustrating (and nearly impossible) to get a good photo of them? When it comes to photographing kids, just about every parent has been there! Yes, we’ve all seen the photos of kids who seem to be absolute angels in front of the lens, but unless you were there at the shoot, you never know really took place; it’s possible that angelic smile was the result of much struggle, angst and patience.
From crying at the shoot to making faces to running from the camera, you just never know how a kid is going to react. Being photographed is confusing and stressful for some youngsters; they may not fully understand what’s going on. With others, it can be a battle of wills that tests your patience to the limit. But don’t give up just yet; try these seven tips that can save a shoot and help you get truly hearwarming photos of your own kids:
As beautiful as photo backgrounds can be, the fact remains that in most cases, they are (or should be) secondary to the subject. The best photography backgrounds effectively complement the subject matter and act as a counterpoint to the focal point of the photo — the subject. Whether you’re photographing a person, a product, a pet or an antique, the backdrop should serve to help the subject to take center stage. Whether you’re going for a backdrop that’s blurred just slightly or you want a more extreme, artistic effect, it is possible to achieve a blurred backdrop look in photography while keeping your subject in perfect focus. It may take some practice, but there are a variety of techniques that can help you create artfully blurred photo backdrops.