Shooting kids

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Pinaki, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Pinaki

    Pinaki Guest

    I want to shoot my 3yr old daughter (with a camera, that is). I
    don't want her looking like an angel that she is not, rahter
    the devil incarnate (in a lovable form) that she is. Nothing
    great, just some shots that will bring a fond chuckle when
    she grows up (we grow old). I'd appreciate any tips, examples,
    websites from which I can learn (=shamelessly copy). My
    portraits will put FBI mugshots to shame, so I have a very
    steep mountain to climb!

    Best,
    Pinaki.
     
    Pinaki, Jul 28, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    It sounds to me like you're interested in non-posed shots, or shots of her
    in action. This is where a medium telephoto comes in handy...because it
    allows you to capture her from a distance great enough that she's not as
    compelled to stop...and pose (smile) for the camera. It lets you capture
    moments without being "in her face".

    -Mark²

    Iages (Plus Snaps & Grabs) by Mark² at:
    www.pbase.com/markuson
     
    Mark², Jul 29, 2006
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    kombi45 Guest

    I caught my daughter with this mug last night:

    http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/64194835

    When looking for spontaneous, impromptu kid candids, just have the
    camera at the ready, but don't announce it or make a big deal. Just
    look for the right moment(s) and fire away. Of course it doesn't hurt
    to have 8fps in hi-speed crop on the D2X, either! Anyway, just let it
    flow and you'll get some beauties - kids are the best most natural of
    subjects.
     
    kombi45, Jul 29, 2006
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Whew! For a minute there I thought I was the only guy who takes his
    camera to the dinner table with him.

    "Pass the 17-40 f/4L, please."
    "C'mon Haley, you've still got half a CF card to fill before you can
    have dessert."
    "The chicken was excellent tonight, dear, but I thought the salad could
    use a tad more fill flash."
     
    Annika1980, Jul 29, 2006
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  5. Pinaki

    kombi45 Guest

    Yeah, I agree, she's a beautiful young girl and that was a tremendous
    capture! Thanks, Bret!
     
    kombi45, Jul 29, 2006
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    Frank S. Guest

    I agree! The best shots I got of my girls, where with a 100 mm lens.
    they don't think you are taking a picture of them from "far" away
    Frank
     
    Frank S., Jul 29, 2006
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    BobF Guest


    At one kids party I was trying unsuccessfully to get candid shots. Every time I
    aimed at a kid they went into acting mode, or ran away, or made piggy faces, but
    I noticed that when I removed the camera from my face, they relaxed and smiled.
    So I started hitting the shutter at exactly that time, and aiming with out
    looking. Some kids caught on to the shutter noise, but others weren't concerned.
    You can get great candid shots if you shoot enough, and hold the camera down
    near your knees. You may want to use a bit more wide angle. Another trick is to
    pretend to shoot something near the child, but have enough view angle (and
    pixels) to get the kid cropped as well.
     
    BobF, Jul 30, 2006
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  8. I have found that kid's have a very short attention span. If you just sit
    there and play with the camera for a while, pretty soon they will go back to
    playing and no longer pay any attention to you....then you will get your
    best shots.
     
    William Graham, Jul 30, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

     
    Bandicoot, Jul 30, 2006
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    William Graham, Jul 30, 2006
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  11. Pinaki

    Bandicoot Guest

    [SNIP]
    That's a good one, must remember that...

    Cheers,


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jul 30, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I have found that photographers have a very short attention span. If
    you let them just sit there and play with their camera for a while,
    pretty soon they will forget why they're at the party, not pay any
    attention to you and you can get back to seducing their wife. Then you
    will really get your best shot.

    ;-)
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 1, 2006
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  13. But that's OK.....Most of the photographers I have known have seduced more
    than their fair share of other people's wives, so it's high itme they got a
    taste of their own medicine.......
     
    William Graham, Aug 1, 2006
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