Following on from Part 1 the other day which you can see here, this post is all about composition and creating depth in images. Hopefully these tips will make your photos pop, and help to capture the essence of your kids and their little characters!
It's not always easy to think about composition when your kids are racing around, but it does help your photos stand out. It's not always about positioning your subject in the middle of the frame looking right at you (although this can look great too), images can be wonderful with the subject positioned to one side of the frame with lots of negative space.
You can have a quick Google at the rule of thirds if you're not familiar with this one. I wouldn't sweat over it, but it sometimes helps. Also, look for natural frames, a frame within a frame.
POINT OF VIEW
One of the first things I say to folk when they ask for help with photographing kids, is to get down to the child’s level. I have what I call my photographer’s knee, all my jeans are slightly more worn on the right knee, as this is where I bend!
Or sometimes you’ll find me lying flat on the floor too. Try standing over your child too looking down.
Sometimes images can look a bit flat, and don't quite turn out how we're seeing with our eye. One tip for this is to create some depth in your images, use lines like paths and trees to lead into your subject.
You can also shoot through things too like grass and leaves, by having them in the foreground and your subject further away - this gives the image another dimension.
These tips are certainly not exhaustive, but I do hope they help in some way. In the next post we'll have a look at photographing details, movement, and finding your style.
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