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Judy Pallister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2004
 

Tips for Children


Well here I am a newbie, and in over my head already. My small town pulls out all the stops for Canada Day. One of the popular events, is for kids to dress up in fire fighter gear and get thier pic taken in a firetruck. Well guess who volunteeted after nobody else was available. It will be point and shoot as apparently kids line up and wait to get their pic done. Memory cards and then passed back and fourth and printed in double quick time. The advice I am looking for is tips on getting candid smiles, and happy faces. I was wondering if I should compose on angels, or just try to offset the subject 2/3 with the steering wheel etc. It's the rushed timing that has me most concerned. Any thoughts, ideas or experience, most welcome. Thanks in advance.


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6/28/2005 5:48:44 PM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  No experience here. I would think maybe offset, with a firefighter or someone in a uniform that the kids would warm up to..and shoot from a bit back over his/her shoulder where you are not really the focus of the kid's attention....making sure the fire person knows where you are shooting from and not getting in your way??
Bob


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6/28/2005 6:37:43 PM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  A slight angle tilt would look nice, and I usually ask kids what their fav music is etc. If there is a boy and girl in the truck together, ask them if they are "married" that usually makes them giggle.


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6/28/2005 6:57:14 PM

 
Judy Pallister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2004
  Thanks so much for your ideas Robert and Natalie. I will try them both. It's so nice to have support from the BetterPhoto community. Such a great group of people.


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6/28/2005 8:08:59 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
GOOD MORNING JUDY,
WELL HERE ARE A FEW - WE WERE NOT PREPARED WITH FLASH ECT.
WE WERE ON LOCATION AT THE BANNING STAGECOUCH DAYS, AND THE FIRE DEPT. PULLED IN NEXT TO THE PORTABLE STUDIO WE HAS THERE FOR VINTAGE PORTRAITS.
NEXT THING WE KNOW THE CITY DIRECTOR IS THERE ASKING US TO TRY TO PHOTOGRAPH, ALL THE KIDS COMING UP - THEY WERE DRESSING EACH ONE AND WE HAD SUCH A LINE!
BECAUSE THIS WILL BE HAPPENING MY EXPERIANCE TELLS ME THIS: OF COURSE YOU WANT TO ALWAYS TRY TO ANGLE THE CHILDS BODY AND THE TRUCK IF YOU CAN-BUT WITH SOMEING LIKE THIS, YOU REALLY ARE STUCK WITH WHERE AND HOW THEY PARK THE TRUCK(AS YOU CAN SEE WE DID NOT HAVE THE BIG TRUCK,AS YOU WILL MOST LIKELY HAVE)AND BECAUSE YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH VERY EXCITED KIDS ( AND PARENTS,LET'S ADMIT IT WE ARE THE WORST)- YOU MAY NOT GET THEM TO POSE AT THAT ANGLE YOU'D LIKE-JUST HAVE FUN AND DO THE BEST YOU CAN!!!PLEASE! ALL THEY REALLY WANT IS A PICTURE WITH OR ON THE FIRE TRUCK.
BECAUSE WE HAD OUR WHOLE SET UP, PARENTS , VIEWED ON LAPTOPS,THEY WOULD PAY AND ADDRESS THE ENVELOPES AND THEN WE PRINTED ON EPSON R300 PRINTERS AND THEY WOULD COME BY AT THE END OF THEY'ER STAY AND PICK THEM UP( THEY WERE ADDRESSED IN CASE ANYONE FORGOT,BUT DON'T TELL THEM THAT-YOU DON'T WANT TO GET STUCK WITH A LOT OF MAILING-TRY TO MAKE THEM RESPONSIBLE)
I DO HOPE THIS HELPS,
DEBBY TABB


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6/29/2005 6:17:17 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
OH AND LETS NOT FORGET THE BEAR-HERE'S SMOKY!


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6/29/2005 6:26:07 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  I AM SO SORRY- I ALMOST FORGOT-PLEASE,PLEASE DO BECARFUL IF YOU ARE USING A TRIPOD WITH THAT MANY PEOPLE AND KIDS AROUND YOU PROBUBLY RELIZE THIS BUT FOR SOME THEY HAVE NOT WORKED IN THIS TYPE OF VENUE- FAIRS , SCHOOLS, AMUSMENT PARKS AND PET STORES ARE ALL PLACES WHERE A TRIPOD COMES IN REAL HANDY- BUT THEY ARE ALSO THE PLACE THAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS FOR YOUR CAMERA.
WE HAVE HAD LIGHTS, BACKDROPS AND UNFORTUNATLY CAMERAS HIT THE GROUND IN THESE TYPES OF VENUES-HAVE HELP STAND NEXT TO IT-BARRACADE IT-BUT I TEACH THAT IF YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE TRIPOD-THE CAMERA BETTER GO WITH YOU.
JUST ANOTHER THOUGHT-I WOULDN'T WANT ANY OF YOU TO SUFFER SUCH A LOSS,
DEBBY


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6/29/2005 6:57:59 AM

 
Judy Pallister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2004
  Thank you Debby for all your advice. So nice to hear from someone with experience. Thanks for all you tips. And yes I have decided to stop stressing, and have fun. Our town has a new ladder truck, they will show it off, so yes I get the big truck. Your tripod advice was well taken. My digital SRL was a very big gift from my husband, and would be hard to replace if lost. I think I might just revert to my Kodac Easy Cam. Like you said, it's all about a decent pic with the truck. I appreciate all your comment, Betterphoto has such a wonderful community, and great support for amatuers like me. Watch for a pic on Friday night, that is if I have time before the fireworks start. Thank you so much again for your time and experience.


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6/29/2005 7:16:18 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Good luck to you - and Happy Canada Day!! I'm from Montreal - how about you?
If the day is bright and sunny make sure to use your fill flash to add some light to your subject.
Getting them to smile will depend on their age. For the younger kids just saying something silly may set them off. Older kids might just give you this weird look like you're nuts if you do that...
Hope it goes well!


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6/30/2005 4:18:22 AM

 
Judy Pallister
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/28/2004
  Thanks so much Dianne. I am in Carleton Place, 40kms west of Ottawa. Happy Canada Day to you. Hope you have some fireworks to shoot.


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6/30/2005 7:12:19 PM

 
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