Cooperation and taking your child’s picture are as synonymous as water and oil. But some of the most precious shots you can capture are done informally and taken with a simple compact camera like the Canon PowerShot, Kodak Easy Share, or Nikon Cool Pix. The first step: choose the location. Parks, playgrounds and backyards are comfortable locations for children. Early morning light and late afternoon, before the sun sets, provides enough natural light conducive to photography without additional filters or flash settings. Avoid direct sunlight at midday which will cause squinting and harsh effects.
Next step: is to relax. Do not try to “direct” the scene. Rather, let your child act naturally in the environment. Do not discount those shots of your child racing down a slide, peeking between objects or discovering a bug in the grass. Thanks to digital camera technology and high shutter speeds, you can snap away maximizing your chances for the best shot. Because most cameras come with picture-editing programs that can be downloaded, you will be able to crop almost everything out of the photograph but the perfect smile. Also, you will be able to experiment with color filters and change the photos to black and white or sepia prints. It can be fun if you try!