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We had our first Paparazzi Mom’s Photo course on Saturday at Rietvlei Zoo Farm and it was an absolute success! All the ladies attending agreed that they don’t feel so intimidated by all the buttons on their camera’s anymore and they were amazed at the photo results they got when taking photos at the practical session…
First of all I want to say a big to all the special ladies who attended the Paparazzi Moms course. I loved your enthusiasm and am really proud of all the awesome photos you took at the practical 😉
Here is a little recap from our easy photo course:
Taking ‘action photos’ of kids requires you to be quick on your feet and know your settings. As we discussed it takes more than just a fast shutter speed to capture the moment. ISO and Aperture can also affect the ultimate look of the photo.
When taking photos of your kids you need to keep one eye looking through the viewfinder and the other eye “tracking the action” This way you can anticipate the direction they are planning to run in and change your settings accordingly. I know this type of thinking (knowing what settings will achieve the image you want) doesn’t always come easy, and that is the reason you need to spend some hands-on time with your camera.
ISO – should you change it or not?
ISO is used to describe the sensitivity of the digital chip… Basically ISO is very similiar to the types of film we used to buy (like an ISO 400 if you were shooting at night with low light situations or ISO 200 when you were shooting outside on a sunny day) A lower ISO (200) lets in less light and a higher ISO lets in more light (400 and also adds grain – looks like little blocks on your image)
Aperture – The opening of the lens
A wide open aperture (f5.6 or less) let’s in more light (so in turn you can then use a faster shutter speed) and will put your background out of focus (blurry) with only your child in focus. This will ensure that your little one is the highlight of the photo (it will be the first thing you see when you look at the photo) and can look very artistic. A small aperture (F11 or more) let’s in less light (so in turn you would use a slower shutter speed) and will put your child and more of the background in focus. You would use this at your child’s first sports event for instance, so that your child running the 100m is in focus as well as the stands with the spectators giving your photo context. (He’s not just running in the backyard, but at his first athletics event)
Shutter speed – fast or slow?
You use the shutter speed of the camera to capture motion. If you want to “freeze” your child in the air on the jumping castle, you would use a fast shutter speed (1/400 – letting in less light) and if you want to take a photo making it look like the are really fast, you would use a slow shutter speed (1/90 – letting in more light)
The trick to taking good photos of your kids are to anticipate the action. That way you can quickly choose your settings and not miss the shot. Choosing between ISO (“film speed”), shutter (how fast the shutter is opening and closing) and aperture(lens opening) is a balancing act. My advice is to go and practice changing only one of these settings at a time -for example shoot a set of 8-10 photos and change only your shutter. Then do the same with the other two. Thereafter compare the results.
Eventually it will become second nature 😉
Happy shooting girls!
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