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Mary  L. Lindsay

How to Shoot Toddlers

In shooting my 15 month old granddaughter, Mia, I am either running after her or she is coming toward me all the time. I have tried sneaking up on her with the camera, but she always moves so shot is blurred. I am just learning so any advice greatly appreciated.

Mary Lou

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8/8/2005 6:49:12 PM

Lynn Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/30/2005

I have toddler twins. For me personally, I have found that giving them a small stool to sit on or small chair/bench helps a lot. Also, give them something to do such as looking at a flower, or playing with a simple toy that can also be used as a prop (such as a ring stacker). Blowing bubbles is a good old standby that will usually also work. Give them their comfort item such as their favorite doll/animal (also can use as a prop). Good luck!

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8/8/2005 7:48:58 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Mary Lou,
here is a thread that may have some help for you also.
if you read through , we have lots of toddler ideas,
i do hope this helps,

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8/8/2005 8:42:09 PM

Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  Not sure if you camera has the setting, but if you set it to continous focus it will help a lot.
This way the camera is always focusing and you can follow your busy toddler without having to wait for the moment.

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8/8/2005 8:51:51 PM

John C. Schwentner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/24/2004
  You will find a recent article on here by one of the teachers that advocates what I always do. In digital, you know you have a little inherent shutter and focus lag. Get ready and when your distance is close, press that shutter partway for the focus lock. When you see what you want, finish pressing. this will pre lock the focus taking less time

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8/9/2005 10:33:45 PM

Mary  L. Lindsay   Appreciate the excellent responses. I will use all the suggestions. I look at pictures from a year ago and I can see the improvements now that I have taken this course. I signed up again for the fall figuring I have plenty to learn and am taking this particular course again.

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8/13/2005 3:03:46 PM

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