Photographing Kids: Fill the Frame

One of my friend Rick Sammon’s favorite expressions is that “the name of the game is fill the frame” and that’s good advice, especially with entry level digital SLRs that may only have a few autofocus points. And that’s especially true of pictures of children.

We want to see their faces, not their shoelaces, so be sure to get down on your subject’s level to shoot at them not down on them. You’ll get better portraits and your small subjects will relate to you better when you get down on their level to make the photographs. That’s means you may have to sit on the grass or get down on the ground so be sure to wear your grungies when making this kind of photograph.

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1/160 sec at f/4.7 and ISO 400

This portrait of two pals and their dog was made on one of the girl’s front lawn with the photographer, my wife Mary, was lying on her stomach to get the shot. This puts the camera on their level and also helps minimize background clutter. Flash was used to add some sparkle, fill in shadows, and make the kids “pop” out from the background.

Author: Joe Farace

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