Your Child in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten by Me Ra Koh is the 2nd photography book which I have read this month.
One of my goals this year is to improve on my photo taking skills and one of the areas in photography which I am concentrating on is taking portraits of the kids. This book certainly came in handy.
Divided into six chapters Me Ra goes through step by step what to look for and focus on while photographing kids in the specific age group. There are tip sheets based on how you should adjust your camera to get the best shot in the particular setting.
For each shot shown in the book Me Ra gives information about
1) When to take the shot
2) What preparation to do before taking the photo
3) The settings you should use on your Point & Shoot or DSLR camera
4) How to compose the picture
5) What to focus on while taking the picture.
My kids are currently 3, 7 and 9 so I zoomed in and focused on those chapters while reading the book. I love how easy reading this book is and that very practical and useful tips are given.
The photos that Me Ra takes look very natural and not over “posed” like those you see taken in a photo studio. She is able to capture the subjects in their element. I can see the timelessness in each shot and the shots featured in the book would certainly make great centerpieces in the family living room.
Reading her book gave me lots of ideas on how I should approach photographing my kids to capture their growing up years. I would certainly be in-cooperating what I learned from her book in my photography and improve on it.
With the photos that I will be taking my kids will be able to catch a better glimpse of how they spent their childhood and recall all the happy and memorable moments that they had experienced in time to come. This would certainly make the snapshots that I take all the more precious to them.
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