Category Archives: Photography Training

Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 7 – When to use Black and White

You will often find that modern day playgrounds have these lovely shade sails to make the playground sun safe and bearable in the summer – Like Victoria Park on the south side of Rockhampton. Unfortunately to make the place more colourful, instead of being a nice neutral grey, they make these shade sails yellows, reds...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 6 – Landscapes

OK, this post is a about landscape photography, and not children photography, but there is a relation – you will see. Now the absolute best time for landscape photography, is the hour before and after sunrise.  This is because: the light/sun is low in the sky and creates interesting shadows and colours in the landscape...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 5 – Bokeh

In our last post we talked about shooting aperture priority and using the lowest aperture.  Below is a comparison of photos taken at f10 (a high aperture), then at f2.8 (a low aperture).  The photos were taken with a 70-200mm lens at the township of 1770. You can see how the low aperture removes all...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 4 – Camera Setting Av

Modern day DSLR cameras have several mode settings (like program, faces, flowers, sports etc).  However in the film days, there were only three – Av (aperture priority), Tv (Speed priority) and M (Manual).  These three settings are the only ones you really need to know about and use for children photography (or really any kind...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 3 – Composition 1

One common mistake we all do as photographers, is to photograph our children with their head smack bang in the middle of the photo.  Especially a problem when there running around like mad. This generally makes for a boring composition, and leaves lots of distracting sky above their heads – and sometimes body parts being...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 2 – At their level

In a two-dimensional photograph, objects that are closer to the camera (like heads and noses) appear bigger. When we are standing and taking photos of children, there is an distortion effect due to looking down on them which makes their heads appear larger and bodies and feet smaller. To get a correct perspective of a...

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Mastering Children’s Photography – Episode 1 – On Camera Flash

For something a bit blog different, I have decided to do a blog series on mastering photographing children for those mum and dad’s out there in Rocky. If you know me, I am a little bit (OK a lot) fussy on photography, and when I take my kids to the park in Rockhampton and see...

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