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Your children aren’t really cooperating when you ask them to sit down and smile at the camera, are they? I’ll tell you a secret… Most kids aren’t. Even during my photo shoots, the little ones rarely will do that. Why? Cause it’s just not fun!
Taking a (sharp) portrait of your children looking and smiling at the camera can be really REALLY HARD. The more children you have, the harder it gets. Bribes work quite well, but even then, I’m not sure how natural their smiles will be.
The next option you have is to take photographs of your children while they’re playing or on the move BUT it can be very difficult to capture the focus when your child is moving. Even when they’re not moving that much, it’s a real struggle to get a sharp photograph. WHY?
First of all, there are 2 types of blur: Out-of-focus blur (the focus of the photograph isn’t on your subject) and Motion blur (which is usually what happens when photographing children). If you are struggling with focusing on your subject (whether on phone or DSLR), you need to practice this skill. If you’re struggling with Motion blur, keep reading…
There are a few factors that will contribute to the quality and sharpness of a photograph:
Let’s consider the worst-case scenario: you are trying to photograph a moving child in a poorly lit room with a phone camera. I have been in this situation and there is no way I am going to get a sharp image!
The good news is that you do not need to get a professional camera to take sharp photographs. Of course, if you have been hired to photograph a wedding, it’s important to have the right camera and lenses for the job. Photographing the bride coming down the aisle in a dark church require proper equipment.
However, you can keep photographing your children with your phone or entry-level DSLR and get good results.
The tips below are simple ways you can improve your photographs and have a higher rate of sharp photographs vs blurry ones. You can obviously combine all the tips!