CHIL D’S PLA Y

Dis­cover the keys to can­dids of kids

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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.

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