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aileen cockburn
 

Portraite of children


I would be very grateful for any help that you can give me.I have 3 children (2 boys 1 girl) and would love to be able to take a nice photo to give to granparents as a gift could you please give me advice on the best settings and lighting, also positions both fun and serious.
I have a canon eos300d and am not fully use to it yet.
thank you
aileen


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3/2/2005 1:20:58 AM

 
melissa    Hi, I also have 3 children (2boys,1girl) last summer a friend an I took my three and her one to the park. We have a nice creek and lots of beutiful green bushes and trees at the park. We used a digital camera and just had the kids play, we also found a tree that had been cut down we had the boys because they are a little older put there arms on the tree like they are resting, it was the right hieght (to about thier waist). That picture was a big hit with everyone. My girl was only able to sit up so we put her with my friends girl in the grass and we put a flower in each of thier hands, the picture was of them looking at the flowers also a big hit. Then we put all the kids together on a log, then on a old cement piller that had fell over that picture tuned out great. My friend a I just took lots and lots of all kinds of pictures we just used all kinds of things from the out doors and the kids like that idea because they were out side.We just picked the best pitures out of all of them. So here are a few ideas hope they help. (the natural out doors with the sun light and flowers looked amazing.)


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3/2/2005 12:29:16 PM

 
Kelly Plitt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/6/2005
  My best advice to you would be to shoot outside on a nice but overcast day, where you don't have to worry about sun causing a lot of shadows. Play with your shutter speed a little bit - you may want to increase it a notch from what the auto setting recommends to prevent overexposure, and make sure your aperature is wide enough - F3 or so, to produce a nice shallow DOF. Shoot a few test shots and play them back to choose the best settings.

Make sure you take the photos at their level - DON'T take from your eye level - you may want to set a tripod low, and use a remote to prevent back strain! Also, make sure you are close enough or zoom in far enough so that the kids fill the frame - get their entire bodies, no cut off feet or arms. Minimize or eliminate props!

Then shoot like crazy and have fun - take LOTS AND LOTS of photos!!!

Good Luck!!!

Kelly


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3/3/2005 8:44:58 PM

 
aileen cockburn   Hi
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question it was very nice of you ,you have certainly given me alot of ideas
that I will put into practice, who knows I may even post one if its good enough.
thank you again
Aileen


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3/5/2005 4:56:07 AM

 
aileen cockburn   Hi
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question it was very nice of you ,you have certainly given me alot of ideas
that I will put into practice, who knows I may even post one if its good enough.
thank you again
Aileen


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3/5/2005 4:56:20 AM

 
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