Work first, then play!
You can’t hang around when photographing kids. Was Mandi’s camera ready to start the shoot?
RA W vs JPEG
Sarah says… Although Mandi was used to shooting in JPEG, by switching to RAW she’ll get far more from the image file at the editing stage. This includes being able to correct the white balance setting and tweak the exposure. As you have to be fast with kids it pays to shoot in RAW to have that extra flexibility.
Sarah says… I like to shoot in Manual mode as that way I’m in complete control of my exposure. I also find Auto ISO a very useful feature as I can set my shutter speed and aperture, leaving my camera to balance the ISO (see feature, page 31). This is particularly useful when shooting in changing natural light, where I know what depth of field I want to achieve.
Sarah says… When it comes to focusing I switch between the single AF setting and Nikon’s AF-C (Continuous Servo AF) feature. If there’s lots of movement I’ll opt for the latter. That way my camera’s focus is tracking the children as they play. (For more on shooting modes, turn to page 58.)