More Engaging Children's Photos - Top Tip No 4

February 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
 

We all want more engaging photos of our children

What makes a great children's photo? A number of things go into the mix. Modern cameras, be that your phone camera, a sophisticated DSLR or anything in between, will generally make a good job of handling the technical things for you so you'll end up with a reasonable well exposed image with a fast enough shutter speed to stop the image being blurry, so what should you be thinking about?

Composition, Composition, Composition

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So what does that mean when you're snapping photos of your children? As a rule of thumb - don't put them in the middle of the picture. The image on the left is quite a nice photo of this lady & her grandson but notice how the grandson's head is in the middle of the photo. By going in a little closer & moving the grandson a little away from the centre, the image becomes more dynamic, more engaging & the interplay between grandma & grandson become more interesting.

Lily-Rose rule of thirdsLily-Rose rule of thirds Oliver rule of thirdsOliver rule of thirds There's a "rule" in photography, which is not actually a rule but a guideline, called the rule of thirds. If you imagine your photo divided into thirds vertically & horizontally, then the principle is to put the main subject of the photo on one of the lines, or better still, at the intersection of two of the lines. This will generally produce a more engaging, dynamic photo.

In the image on the left, I've taken the shot so that the little girls head is on the top left third intersection. In the photo on the right, while the boy's head is in the centre of the photo horizontally, I've taken the image so that his eyes, which are usually the focal point of any portrait, are on the top third line.

If you have trouble imagining where these lines would be in your picture, most modern cameras, including smart phones, have a grid overlay that can be turned on in the settings menu.

Of course, if, you're still finding it a challenge to create great images, get in touch

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