CHIL D’S PLA Y
Discover the keys to candids of kids
You don’t necessarily need a dedicated photo studio and lots of expensive kit to get highquality portraits. With just a standard flashgun and a white umbrella, you can illuminate subjects with soft, attractive lighting and get professional-looking results in your own living room.
Our photostitch project is the perfect thing to try out with the kids on a wet afternoon. Simply clear a little space around a plain white wall so you can set up some basic equipment, gather a few outfits or props, and set up your flash.
The challenge with portraits of children is to capture split-second expressions and action while keeping the mood upbeat and fun. Flash is a must, as it means you can use a shutter speed that’s fast enough to freeze the action. What’s more, with flash the light levels you can achieve are enough to enable a lower ISO, for maximum image quality, and a narrow aperture for adequate depth of field – useful when trying to get moving
With just a standard flashgun and a white umbrella, you can illuminate subjects with soft, attractive lighting and get professional-looking results in your own living room
children in-focus. Once the lighting is all sorted, you can forget about it and concentrate on engaging with your subject. This issue’s Apprentice, starting on page 8, has many more tips on keeping children cheerful and in position for photos.
We’ll show you how to set up your home studio here, then make a fun photostitch. This is the perfect approach for child portraits as it means you can include several poses, different outfits and expressions that sum up the child’s colourful character –plus changing outfits will keep your model from getting too bored. A photostitch is also very easy to piece together, even for those with the most basic Photoshop skills.