Pictures of Kids Playing is the second half of a two-part article. To read the first half, please see Tips on Child Photography
Capturing great photos of kids is easy when you step back and just let them play. Engage them in an activity you know they love. Blowing bubbles, playing with play-doh, swinging, sandbox, building blocks, anything they love to do.
Have your camera ready, and get down at their level. Keep your finger on the shutter button and your camera focused at all times. Shoot anything that you think might be even remotely interesting.
If the sounds of the camera distract the children, don't worry about it. Keep shooting and they'll quickly get used to the noise and go back to what they were doing.
While you want to focus on faces, especially the eyes, also pay attention to what their hands and feet are doing. Even the toys themselves, how they've arranged them, and the way they are playing with them. Take pictures of it all!
The real key to getting wonderful pictures of children is to get down to their level, and zoom in. You don't want to be far away, children are small, and look even smaller if you take a picture from any distance.
Most kids don't bite, so don't be afraid to stay close by, and then make use of your zoom to get even closer.
The exception to this is when children are on the move. You've got to be quick to catch them in action, so you'll want to be zoomed out, otherwise they'll be in and out of your frame before you can take the picture!
Children are one of my most favorite subjects to photograph, and with these tips, I hope that taking pictures of your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews becomes enjoyable and you are able to capture some great memories.
And... here are a few more pictures of kids playing for you to enjoy!
If you have any questions or tips about child photography that you would like to share, please contact me. I'd be happy to answer questions or add tips to this article for others to enjoy.