Photographing children can be a hectic and fast-paced pursuit! If you’re wanting to do posed portraits, you’ll need to move fast and if your seeking to do lifestyle portraiture, you’ll need to move fast –to follow them around! Lenses will be what is most important here, having the right lens to capture the the right moment. Some keys to photographing children:
- Work fast, your subject has a very short attention span.
- Make it fun! The less it seems hard the more the child will enjoy the shoot.
- Fast lenses that allow you to shoot with a shallow depth of field.
When purchasing a camera body that works well for photographing children, you’ll want to take into consideration a few things. First, you’ll want a camera that can produce clean images at higher ISO’s. This will allow you to shoot inside homes or at shady parks and still get clean images and minimize the need for flash. I would also recommend that you have a full-frame sensor camera that will allow for greater depth of field that will help the child stand out while blurring the background. A cropped sensor will work, but it will be more difficult to throw the background out of focus.
Below you’ll see my recommendations for cameras from good to best. If you are a professional or plan to become one, I recommend selecting from the best options. Why start out with the wrong equipment only to upgrade later? Start out right.
THE LENSES YOU’LL NEED
When photographing children you will want a fast lens that allow you to shoot indoors in their bedrooms, or outside at a shaded park. These lenses are the same for several other types of photography so they should be in your camera bag as soon as possible.
NIKON WIDE LENS
NIKON NATURAL LENS
NIKON PORTRAIT LENS
CANON WIDE LENS
CANON NATURAL LENS
CANON PORTRAIT LENS