Getting Special Photos of Children

Fact – People buy cameras for different reasons.  Many people do very little shopping for that camera, and they tend to buy according to the price tag.  Oh yes they do, I’ve done it myself – but you should consider that this is a pretty big investment.  Look at what you intend to do with your new camera before you spend those extra bucks.  Like everything else in life, it’s another one of those pesky decisions that you will have to make, so brace yourself – and – do it.

Most of our younger generation will buy a camera for those special photos of their families, their children, the pet that grows up with the children, maybe that new car or a pretty girl – who knows, but one thing is certain – they buy for a reason.  They want to capture “memories”, memories of new family additions; the early years of their new family are so very special in later life.  The first child gets most of the “growing up” pictures, but be careful — by the second or third child, pictures tend to fall by the side.  My point is this – decide to get one of the cameras that’s above the average, because you will have that camera for a lot of years, and it will get a lot of use.  This is one of those times when you just can’t afford to buy from the price tag, but at least climb up into the lower middle price range.

Shae June 8, 2012

Pictures like this one will never be repeated

(taken with a small flat camera)

 Remember to keep in mind that the best – isn’t really, unless you will be using it commercially a little later.  Technology catches everyone, nothing will last forever, so make your decision about how much you will be using the camera, and for what.

Children and the younger animal life are always the entertainers for the adults, and those little comedy moments cannot be re-done – they must be captured as they happen, and kept in the best possible way.  That’s of course, pictures.  I heard someone say that the entire digital camera industry would never have happened without proud parents.

Meet them eye to eye:  Get down on the floor if you have to, but meet them on their level.  That’s the only way you will get their trust.  Without their trust, you won’t get any pictures that have any value for those later memories.  For those personal shots, get only the shoulders and head, forget the rest.

Put the camera strap around their neck (with their permission) and allow them to hold the camera.  Encourage them to “touchie-feely” a little and show them how to take a couple pictures of the palm of their hand, both with and without with the flash, (after warning them about that flash of light – never startle them).  This is done mainly to calm their fears that the big flash of light won’t hurt them, but never let them look directly at the flash when it goes off.  Yes, they’ll be very proud of those pictures that they took.

You don’t have to get real close, use the zoom a lot and plan to crop the picture in the computer to get the best possible shots.  If you’re too close, they will turn their attention to you and what you’re doing, and that you don’t really want.  You get better pictures when they are in full concentration on their play, not posing for you.

If they are playing with other children, get pictures of both your child and the playmates as well.  Work towards getting a good mix of close and personal, and while they are playing.  Again, use the zoom feature.  Those pictures will make good memories for them as they age.  Maybe make extra shots and share them with the other families.  Be sure and write on the backs, the names, time, dates, where, when, and with whom.

Blog #31 - Hiding girl

“Peek-a-boo” shot

(taken with a small flat camera)

 As you’re doing all of this, remember that little ones get bored very easy, and will move on – with or without you, so work with now, not even two minutes later.  Get lots of shots.  Start early and take a couple pictures a couple times a week.  This gets them used to having the camera close and they will soon get over it and do what they want to do.  Get ‘em early when they are full of energy, never when they need a nap.

 Over the years, try to get pictures about the same time in basically the same situation.  Do each child separately as well as in the group.  They will appreciate it later, and so will you.

Well, my advice would be to take as many pictures as it takes – 10, maybe 20, maybe even a hundred (over a short period of time) – but get lots of shots and for those special memories, pick the best – dump the rest.

 Blog #31 - A

2 ants — See them ?

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital

By the way – never edit in the camera, wait until you have your pictures in the computer. 

You will never know what you missed if you don’t.



About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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