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Child Photography: How to Photograph Children

Updated on January 11, 2017

Some tips on taking better photographs of children. You do not need to have expensive cameras for getting great photographs. I have given some easy tips to follow, along with some photographs of children which were taken by myself.

Try these methods and you will get great photos of kids and children:

A Smiling Kid With Her Doll

A Kid with her doll
A Kid with her doll | Source

Be a Friend of the Child to Photograph

Taking photographs of a Child is a challenging work if the child is shy or of non-cooperative nature. On the other hand, it is very easy to take photographs of a friendly child.

The most important thing you should know that before photographing a child, you should make him your friend. If the child becomes your friend, he/she will not hesitate and will co-operate you by giving you poses like a model.

Most of the children will easily become your friend within few minutes, while few will take a lot of time.

To make a child your friend, try these methods:

1. Call the child with his/her name. This is the best way to make friendship.
2. Always keep your face smiling.
3. Always make eye to eye contact with the child, off course with your smiling face.
4. Have some colorful things with you, like your clothing, toys, balloon etc. . They will attract the child towards you.

Taking Candid Photographs of a Child

When a child is not co-operating in taking his/her photographs, candid shots is a better way. (However, you should take candid photographs of co-operative children also). Candid photograph is a photo that is taken without the subject's knowledge, i.e. the person is unaware of the photographer taking his/her photograph.

To take candid photographs of a child, you should remember following things:

Do not be too close to the child. The child should be unaware of your presence. You can get closer shots from a distance by using zoom lens, or the optical zoom facility in your camera. Avoid use of flash light; you can take better photographs in available light. If the available light is low, just increase the ISO setting. ISO up to 400 is recommended, higher ISO will give you grainy pictures.

To get better candid photographs of a child, you should photograph the child when he/she is playing, studying, working, watching something, speaking with friends or other persons.

Always look for a better angle while taking photographs. Remember that face of the child is the most important thing.

A Limitation of Candid Photography

Candid photographs of children are great, but in such photographs the child is not watching face-to-face. So if you want to take a face to face photograph of the child, just call the child with his name at the last movement, and click the button.

Two School Girls

Two girls studying on steps in a building
Two girls studying on steps in a building | Source

Take Lot of Photographs

You should always take a lot of photographs. In digital photography, it does not cost more. When you take many photographs, you will have some superb photographs. Later you can delete unwanted, shaken, not so good photographs from your camera.

A Close Up Photograph of a Girl With Flower Headband

A girl wearing flower headband
A girl wearing flower headband | Source

A Bald Kid in Window

A bald kid in window
A bald kid in window | Source

A Smiling Baby Photograph

A Photograph of Smiling Baby
A Photograph of Smiling Baby

Never Use Flash Gun Too Close

I always prefer to take photographs in available light. But if you have to use flash gun because of low light, or for 'fill in' lighting, never use it too close to the eyes of the child.

Defused flash light is recommended.

A Child Monk

A Child Monk
A Child Monk | Source

A Child Brushing His Teeth

A  Child brushing his teeth
A Child brushing his teeth | Source

Children in an Orphan School

Children from an Orphan School
Children from an Orphan School | Source

How to Photograph Kids, Babies, Children: A Portrait Tutorial

© 2013 Mahaveer Sanglikar


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    19 months ago

    I understand we live in a digital world but I still swear by my old cannon

    I believe there is more depth and feeling to an old camera more than you get with digital pictures

    I remember my daughter asking if she could use my camera to take some snaps of her son she then asked how she could see what they looked like and explaining to her she had to wait for them to be developed was like looking at someone mesmerised with something she didn't understand

    The pictures came out great though

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    Writer Fox 

    4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    What adorable children and you have captured them so well. You should do this for a living. Enjoyed and voted up!

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    4 years ago from United States

    I'm having a hard time with photographing my three year old niece, and deliberately she doesn't smile at me despite telling her to smile, but I can't force her anyway. But sometimes I manage to make good shots at her when she's in a good mood. Nice pics you've got there.

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    4 years ago from Japan

    Nice tips. I think the main thing to avoid to tell children to pose and smile. This can sometime cause a "Gremlin" type of look. The natural or surprised shots are always the best.

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    Peggy Woods 

    4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I came back to this beautifully illustrated hub again and this time will share with my followers. Great photos!

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    5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    great tips and beautiful sample photos...

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    You have captured some great photos here! Thanks for the photography tips.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    The children in the photos as so adorable. Great job on the photographs. They are well done. Thanks for the tips.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    5 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you abbaelijah for writing about the mistake, I have corrected it.

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    Abba Elijah aka elijagod 

    5 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

    Thanks a lot for the info!

    It is worth reading.but i noticed an error you did not see while editing the hub "Remember that the of the child face is the most important thing." this is Just before the sub title "A Limitation of Candid Photography"

    i love snapping everything i see and have learn more than expected from this hub.

    Big thanks brother!

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Wonderful photos and instructions. Well done!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Useful tips and lovely pictures, Mahavir. Which DSLR camera do you suggest that is not expensive and takes good close ups and long shots too.

    Voted up and shared.

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    Radhika Sreekanth 

    5 years ago from Mumbai,India

    These kids are so cute and beautiful! Nice job here!


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