Focussing needs thought. You can tell the serious photographer from the snapper by the amount of thought they give to this process, even with the highly sophisticated autofocus systems now found on modern cameras.
As with so much to do with digital cameras, you get the best results from autofocus if you take control of it and direct it, rather than relying on the well-meaning, but ultimately impersonal electronic wizardly inside the case. So what do you need to be mindful of to beat the shakes?
One of my favourite portrait techniques is to isolate the model by using a short telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The idea is to throw the background out of focus and keep the subject sharp, so there is a clear distinction between the two. This creates beautiful bokeh and the illusion of depth.
Mom, photographer, and 500px all-star Elena Shumilova‘s photos of her kids have made her a household name in family photography. The candid images of her two boys playing are, in a word, magical (as the 8M+ views on her 500px account alone will testify) and she recently shared a few tips that will help you capture some of that magic as well.
In the video below by SmugMug, Elena offers 4 expert tips for better child photography. A perfect pre-Mother’s Day post, these tips are ideal for the moms and dads out there who want to shoot better candid, un-posed images of their children and capture memories you’ll treasure for decades to come.
Take a look for yourself:
If you follow these tips — photograph them every day, select clothes that aren’t distracting, photograph when the time is good FOR THEM, and relax & have fun — you’ll soon be on your way to capturing heartwarming moments like there:
Nestled quietly on the back of most cameras is a button that is often ignored or misunderstood, particularly by those who have recently upgraded to a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. It’s the Exposure Lock button, and it can be a tremendous asset to photographers who are looking for ways to get more control over their cameras and ultimately their photography in general.