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Photographing Children

Needless to say, the expression on the child is captured very nicely in the photo. One of the things that many photographers suggest especially when taking children photographs is to keep the child occupied. This technique has been used effectively by Bryan Peterson in some of his pictures too.

Keep 'em occupied

Normally, children are very restless and hence, very uncooperative when it comes to taking pictures. A simple way to take great pictures is to keep them occupied in something else and to just 'hang around' the area to capture the right moment. Examples would be to give her a flower in the garden, a toy inside the house, or a pet to play with. This also brings out various emotions from within the child (like excitement, attachement, etc.).

Get Closer

Another point to take note of is to get closer to the child. Since the child is the subject of the picture, it pays to get close and remove all the surrounding clutter. This will bring the child to focus and hence will make a great shot. Also, getting closer will get you better exposure, since the camera's algorithm will average the light on the face (since it covers most of the frame) and not the surrounding bright or dark objects.


With children, angle can be used effectively to create different moods. Taking a picture from your eye-level will make the child look small and diminuitive and hence emphasize his/her meekness or helplessness. Taking a picture at their eye-level will create a more dynamic effect will have more emotion.

Focal Length

Normally, for taking portrait pictures, use a focal length of 85mm-120mm. This will minimize distortions (wide angle makes people thin and telephoto makes people a bit stout). Also, the aperture should be kept between f/5.6 and f/8 to ensure that the subject is focus while the background is made blurry (hence emphasizing the subject).

About the Photographer

Cristina Fumi