My kids…It’s the thing i take photos of the most, but up until recently i was always a bit hit and miss with lovely sharp images and sharp images are always a challenge with fast moving babies and toddlers, oh and when your toddler now always says ‘no cheese’ when you point a camera at them so you have to be super quick in order to avoid a photo of their hand in the lens!
I’ve always loved photography and have a very basic grasp on how a camera works. Up until now I had always followed the rule that your shutter speed should always be higher than lenses focal length. This worked most of the time with my nifty fifty canon lens but I got the feeling I was just floating through not getting the best shots I could.
I took to Pinterest, my favourite tool at the minute to search for things, you get more interesting results I think than google sometimes anyway found a blog with some tips on and annoyingly I didn’t pin it so I don’t have it to hand but the basic gist was to try and have your shutter speed set between 1/100 – 1/200 (or more if possible) of a second in order to freeze the moment. I’ve took this rule and ran with it this week and I’ve absolutely loved the results!
Some photos are abit dark as it’s dull outside and purely window light that I’m relying on but with the help of a high ISO and post editing I got some amazing shots.
I’m also loving setting my camera to black and white and keeping it like that all day, you’ll be surprised with how many keepers you get.
My tips for getting great shots of your kids
If you have a camera with interchangeable lenses try and get a lens with a low aperture number. My current lens is f2.8 but I’m hoping to get a f1.8 soon. This allows you to have a faster shutter speed. do be weary though as using that low number means a shallow depth of field which limits what’s in focus in your photo, you have to be super sure your focusing on the correct part and stay very still. It’s always a good option to focus on your child’s eyes. My camera is touch screen so I can tap the eye and it takes a photo as soon as it’s locked on which is really handy.
Use between 1/100 – 1/200 or faster if it’s well lit.
Try it on 400 if it’s dark you can post edit it and you’ll probably find its nice and sharp because you’ve used a fast shutter speed. Every now and again though I put it on auto and the camera picks, let’s say 1600 which makes it perfectly exposed but a little noisey so it’s totally personal preference there.
I love having something in the foreground out of focus and my child in focus in a part of the photo, it often creates quite a dramatic effect. just experiement and don’t just make them pose! Candid shots are always the best!
Think about lighting too – the top two photos of franklin where so close to the natural light that it lit him perfectly, you want a contrast between light and dark especially when using black and white photos, otherwise they just look washed out.
I dont use anything fancy like Photoshop, I simply edit in aperture which I use as my library management. I also use camera bag which is great if you love retro filters and things
I’ve pinned a few sites with lots of hints and tips and popped them on my ‘for the love of photos’ board
Follow Sian Wheatcroft’s board for the love of photos on Pinterest.