Hint: you don’t have to have a super fancy (expensive) camera and lenses. How many times have you taken a photo of your kid, only to have the photo look too dark, out of focus, or blurry? It’s frustrating! How do professionals get such bright, crisp photos of your baby? Is it the camera? Lens? Or is it something else?
Yes. Camera and lenses have something to do with it, but more importantly than equipment, it’s light. Yes, light. Learning light is crucial to getting quality images.
“But I don’t want to haul my toddler to a park at sunset to take photos,” you say. You don’t have to! You can get perfectly lit photos right from your house. “But I have a small house and don’t have a room with lots of windows.” You don’t need that either.
I live in a small mid-rise apartment with one patio door and one window in the bedroom. You don’t need A LOT of light. You just need to use it correctly.
This is what you need:
- Camera (preferably a DSLR or SLR)
- Photo reflector (white cardboard or even car windshield protector can work)
- Cute kiddo
What to do:
- While it’s sunny, put your kiddo near the window or door
- Put the reflector on the other side of your little one so her/his face is completely lit
- Snap away
- Camera: Canon 60D
- Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- ISO: 200
- F-stop: 1.6
- Shutter: 1/400 sec
Above is the behind the scenes photo of what it looked like for me to get photos below.
Boom! It's that easy.
Some of my other tips on photographing your kiddos:
- Get creative with angles...not everything has to be (or should be) head-on
- Is there something particular that you just LOVE? Thigh-rolls? Long lashes? Tiny toes? Capture those!
- Remember that not everything has to be perfect...especially for older kids. They aren't always squeaky clean with their hair perfectly combed. It's ok to get those photos with dirt on their hands!