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Taking good photos of children can seem impossible, but with the advent of the digital camera it should be easier than ever. Gone are the days when you take a few snaps, send the films away and six months later see your photos and realise you'd cut off heads and not had the sun behind you!
Here are a few tips to ensure you have a good selection to choose from.
- Take plenty! Don't spend ages lining up a photo and take hours setting it all up while the children get bored and run away. Just keep snapping... you never know what you'll get!
- Don't shout at the children if they wriggle and move. Digital cameras should get the shot in focus and try to keep the children happy!
- Make sure there's good light - the one thing that will improve your photos is immeasurably is that there is enough light in the shot.
- Be spontaneous. Try to take casual shots when the children are unaware. Get them looking at flowers, strolling along a path, singing to themselves or just sitting under a tree.
- Try and take the pictures without the children knowing. Position the camera where they can't see it or use a timer or wire to take shots without them knowing. These will be more natural photos.
- Be realistic. Don't expect too much or photos that are too perfect. If they are off centre, that's fine and can make it all look even more natural.
- Be flexible. If you were looking for a solo photo of your pre-schooler and your toddler wanders in, don't worry! You may end up with a great double act photo!