Leaving Behind Keepsakes of Precious Memories With Your Children

Category: Tips & Tricks | 28 November 2018

Leaving Behind Keepsakes of Precious Memories With Your Children

Your beloved children are the best subject around. Their smiles, their tears, their expressions when they are trying their best, you want to capture all these with loving care. In the following, one dad who loves his three kids and photography will initiate us in techniques for capturing the birth of your baby and share examples of memories you want to leave behind as keepsakes. Be sure to check out the advice of a veteran dad who has continued to capture his children through hundreds of images! (Report by Etica)

Q: Children keep growing bigger and bigger. What kind of images do you shoot?

I take photos so that I will not forget everyday life

EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/1.8, 1/40 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/2, 1/60 sec, EV +1.0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/1.8, 1/80 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 640/ WB: Auto

Eating cake with their mouth covered in cream, or nodding off to sleep while eating their meal, or waking up with a bad case of bed head, or when they make a really silly face while changing clothes... I have been continuously capturing the casual and everyday scenes of my children. Of course, I also capture them when we go out or during events, but the photos that make us laugh as a family when looking back at them are often the ones of casual actions or those of everyday interactions between brother and sisters. Kids actually chat about their memories when they look at the photos as well. It is nice to have memories that are unforgotten by the whole family by looking back at photos of daily events that are normally forgotten right after. That is why I recommend you keep your camera near you, as there is a wonderful photo waiting to be captured in your daily life.

EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/2, 1/100 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

Q: How to best prepare for capturing the birth of your baby?

Make sure to check beforehand and have your camera thoroughly prepared

First of all, make sure to check beforehand with the hospital whether it is okay to photograph during the birth. Also, as the estimated delivery date draws nearer make it a habit to always carry your camera with you when you go out, so you can go straight to the hospital. Therefore, make sure to keep your battery fully charged at all times. It would be even more reassuring if you keep a spare battery on hand.
Actually, when my second son was born, I had brought a camera with almost no battery left, and I remember I had my family rush to bring me my battery charger. Needless to say, I was flawlessly prepared for my third child's birth after some serious reflection.

EOS 550D/ FL: 36mm (57.6mm equivalent)/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/2.8, 1/60 sec, EV -0.7)/ ISO 320/ WB: Auto
EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/2.2, 1/60 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 125/ WB: Auto

Capture child birth ‘from the head side’

When photographing the actual child birth, if you stand at the side of the mother's head and point your camera, you won't be bothering the doctor and labor-and-delivery nurses.

Q: What is the trick for capturing natural expressions of children?

Getting them used to having their picture taken

EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/1.6, 1/1250 sec, EV±0)/ ISO 200/ WB: Manual

I think that with kids, the trick to capturing great facial expressions is to have them be unaware of the camera. Often they become all too aware of the camera and nervous with expressionless faces when they are being pointed at with an unfamiliar and large DSLR, but if you always hold a camera up eventually it will become easier to capture natural expressions. In the case of my kids, I have been continuously taking their pictures since they were born, so they are used to having their photo taken. Also, precious moments can happen at any time with kids, so it's best to keep your camera near and on stand-by with the lens cap removed enabling you to shoot immediately.

Make sure to shoot with a DSLR

The appeal of DSLRs is that they "capture beautiful images" and "images with defocused backgrounds and a sense of depth". Particularly when photographing kids, they enable the faces of kids to be captured wonderfully with little to no blur even in dimly-lit scenes such as indoors, which is a great help.

Tip: First and foremost, the camera feature to adjust when photographing kids is 'ISO Speed'.

If you notice any blurring in dimly-lit scenes make sure to set a higher ISO speed. This will prevent camera shake as it will increase shutter speed.

EOS 6D/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/1.8, 1/80 sec, EV -0.7EV)/ ISO 2000/ WB: Auto

'ISO speed' is the camera feature which enables beautiful images to be captured without blur, even in lowlight conditions. This is easy to adjust with a Canon EOS camera. Try to set your camera to ISO 1600 and keep increasing the ISO until there is no more blur in your images.


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