As the saying goes, the best camera is the one that you have with you. And these days, most of us always have a smartphone with us. Modern smartphones (and also point-and-shoot consumer) cameras can take some amazing photos. There are some things that smartphones are great at and other things that smartphones aren't so great at. In this article, I'm going to teach you how to take advantage of the strengths of a smartphone camera when taking photos of your family and kids.
As a professional photographer, I often get asked about the best lens or camera for taking photos. My usual answer is that it really depends on what kind of photography you're planning on doing. Like the saying goes, "the right tool for the right job". You could probably cut a board in half with a hammer, but it wouldn't come out looking very nice. The same goes for photography gear. So, the first question I would ask is what is the camera for? Is it for travel, family, kids, sports, landscapes, etc...
As a parent, getting children to be happy and willing participants in a photo shoot isn't always the easiest thing in the world. Below are some quick tips that I've picked up along the way to get children to happily participate for a photo session. The tactics I recommend are different for each age group.
Anyone who has ever tried to take pictures of children knows that it's quite challenging. They don't have attention spans, they don't listen, and they switch from happy to grumpy within seconds for seemingly no reason. As a professional family portrait photographer, I've picked up a few tricks over the years to get good photos with uncooperative kids. Below are all my secrets for working with children and creating a successful photo shoot with children and families.
I often get asked by my clients some variant of the following question: "What's the most important component in making a good photo? Is it the camera, the lens, or the processing?" I'm not big on suspense, so here's the answer... It's a combination of all three, plus two more very important items: the environment, and skill. Let's dig in to each component and find out just what makes it special.