16 October, 2008

how to take children photo

My sista have plenty book of photography, and in my spare time ( between lunch and nap time or when i'm not to busy to play ) I ussualy read the book too... but mostly all the book is borriing borrring.... lighting bla bla... hahahha.... bring headache you know?

but there's some good books too... this one is for example "the studio photographer's lighting bible" by Calvey Taylor - Haw.. he choose funny word for his book ( which is supposed to be boring ) but he's make it not borring at all! even me enjoy it! ( believe me it mean that book is soo damn good )

my favorite section is when he tell how to take children photo... I'll wrote it down to you all in here ( with some edit of course and i make it with number.. i dont like to type to long ... blaahh...enjoy it ... ( believe my experience as a kid, I can say, that all of his word is true ...)

"never work with children or animal" never was a truer word spoken"

I could end this chapter here, but if you do have the patience of a saint, capturing that candid, relaxe shot of a child can be very rewarding. if you don't, stick to still life!

Children are unpredictabel, like an effervescent volcano ready to erupt, but handled in the right way they can be fabulous subjects for the camera. the secret to success is
1. to have your lighting setup completed before they are due arrive.
their boredom factor will increase at an alarming rate if they have to stand around waiting for you to fiddle wth the lights.

2. by all means do the final adjusting of levels and meter reading with them present in fact used this time to gain their confindence, show them the different lights, joke and play with them. if they have your trust and are finding things fun the shoot should go well.

3. choose their clothing prior to the shoot. Bright, coordinated colors can make a great difference to the finished photographs. If you are unable to choose the clothes before the shoot, get the parents to bring along a selection of clothes for you to choose from. it will be time well spent.

4. be warned you only have only very limited time to get your shots. ONCE A CHILD HAS DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, it will be precisely that. ( In general i would say you will only have an hour to get the shoot, no more )

5. Showing them a polaroid of themselves, or their photograph on the computer screen, will very ofthen get them to work well for the camera.

6. My last tip keep the number of adults in the studio to the minimum -- ideally just mum or dad and the photographer. any more and the child will become overwhelmed, with mom, dad, auntie pat, brother johnny, nan, and grandpa all chirping away in the background. believe me, this will become a great family outing if you let it, an sure enough you will be mumbling those great immortal words "Never work with children or animals"

I bet you dont want to get children photo with this look right?

this one look better right? :D


ciao!!! muaacchhh... good luck!!

 
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