Tips: Taking iphone photos of your kids

Right now, a lot of parents and kids are home due to current pandemic. That gives us more opportunities to spend some time with the fam. So, why not document these days? Although, I do always encourage to always be taking photos to document your lives. iphones (or any cell phones) are almost always with us in a back pocket or purse. No worries of a big, heavy camera around your neck, that is quite obvious when you're taking a photo. Our cell phones are a lot less intrusive.

Here are some tips for taking photos of your kids at home!

-Get Down To The Child’s Level When taking photos with your iPhone, try to get down to the same level as your subject. This is particularly important with small children. If you take the photo from your normal standing position, you’ll be looking down at the child and get a distorted view of them from above (which, can make for an interesting image also). Shooting from a lower angle allows you to capture a more interesting background behind your subject.

-Use Burst Mode To Capture Action Shots Children are constantly moving. It’s so difficult to get them to do what you want them to do sometimes. This is particularly true when you’re trying to get any kind of action shot. In these circumstances you should use the burst mode feature in the camera app. If you hold your finger on the shutter button the camera will continue to take shots until you lift your finger. You can set up the shot as best you can, shout “action” and let the kids do their thing while you shoot the whole scenario using burst mode. You can then review all the shots, pick out the ones that worked and delete the rest. This is a very useful feature and works for many different situations. -Focus On The Eyes In Portrait Photos When shooting portraits of children, try to focus on the eyes. If you get this right it will lift the photo and engage the viewer.

-Shoot with the Rule of Thirds

What is the rule of thirds? Basically, you divide your image into thirds (vertically and horizontally) and place your subject or subjects at one of the four points where these lines intersect. Your camera app probably has a rule of thirds overlay function. If you're not already using it, switch it on and use it to compose your photo when photographing your children Tap Settings, then Camera, then select Grid.

-Use the available light Smartphone cameras don't perform well in low light. So make use of any available light (natural is best, but artificial light can work, too) by turning your kids around so the light is shining on them, or by moving them to a brighter area. When outdoors, find a shady spot for "even" light. The type of light you're photographing in will also have a huge effect on your end image. Overcast days might feel gloomy, but the cloud and fog disperse the sunlight, creating soft light that makes for beautiful photos. The light coming through a sheer curtain, or the light in open shade can also have a similar effect. The time shortly after sunrise, and shortly before sunset (called the golden hour) is another perfect time to take beautiful, warm images. -Try not to use your Flash Flash is not your friend! The LED flash on your smartphone creates harsh and unflattering light that will flatten your image. So, wherever possible, make use of any available light by moving your subject or turning them towards the light. If you absolutely have to use your flash, you can soften the light by holding a piece of paper (or a napkin) over the flash. It might sound silly, but it really works. -Adjust your exposure Once you've set your focal point, your camera app will probably automatically set the exposure of your photo. Most of the time, it will expose correctly, but if your subject is framed against a very dark or very light background (such as your child standing against a window) it may over or underexpose your subject. Most camera apps allow you to compensate for this by adjusting the brightness of your image after focusing. On the native iPhone camera app, simply set the focus then adjust your exposure by sliding the sun icon up or down with your finger to darken or brighten your photo. More advanced apps will allow you to set the focus and exposure points independently ('ll be reviewing some of these in the next few weeks). -Capture the details When photographing your children, you don't always have to stand back and capture every object in the room at once. Let your photos tell a story by taking a mix of pictures of the whole scene (to give your photos a point of reference) as well as close ups of the lovely details (like chubby fingers, new shoes or looks of concentration). -Remember to focus Say goodbye to fuzzy pictures by manually selecting your focal point. In most camera apps, this is as simple as tapping the part of the image you want in focus. If you're taking a close-up portrait of your child, focusing on their eyes is always a safe choice. If you're taking a photo from further away, lock focus on their faces.

-Take lots of photos! Back in the days of film cameras, each photo had to be developed and paid for, so people were much more selective about the photos they took. But digital photos are completely free. So don't take one, take twenty. This increases the odds of you capturing just the right expression, pose or moment. And you can always delete the ones you don't like afterwards. -Keep your lens clean Remember to clean your camera lens with a soft cloth regularly. Fingerprints and sticky fingers from toddlers can dirty up the lens quickly.

Most important..... HAVE FUN!!

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