Childhood pictures are a fantastic way to preserve family memories, and often become a treasured part of family life. Of course, it’s not always an easy process. As well as excellent timing, you’ll need a lot of patience and some basic photography skills to give your snaps a real lift.
There are no real rules in photography, but we have put together technical tips and examples of great photography to inspire you.
– Choose your photography background
A basic rule of photography, and one of the first things you will learn on any photography course, is how to choose an appropriate background. For a child portrait, choose a clutter free background to make sure the main focus of the shot stays on the subject. As well as looking more professional, leaving a blank background gives your plenty of scope for carrying out some creative editing.
– Choose your shot
By choosing a low focal ratio (f number) – a high aperture for your photography, you will put subjects at one distance in focus. What this means in practice, is that the subject of your portrait will be in focus, whilst the background and foreground will fade in to an attractive blur.
– Tweaks and editing
Many photography workshops can teach you the basics of photo editing – a fantastic way of giving your photos a vibrant makeover. There are some basic tricks you can try on any child portrait though, which can quickly and easily make the photo stand out:
• High contrast – by ramping up the contrast, you give a vivid colour boost, highlighting the light, bright areas of the photo.
• Vintage postcard effect – add a sepia tinge, or change the gradient on photoshop to add this attractive finish. You may also like to add an image frame to this, to give a postcard effect.
• Black and white – a dreamlike black and white glow can give a stunning finish to any photo, add a black and white/mono filter to achieve the best effect.
(featured image: Portraits by Martin Schoeller)