A playground is a great place for kids to have fun and can be a great place for a photographer to have fun, too! Playgrounds are an integral part of any childhood. They’re a place to run and jump, make new friends, and try new things. That is why a playground is a fantastic place to make great pictures. But before you grab your little ones and head to the nearest park, here are a few tips you’ll want to know.
Get down to their level
It is quite natural for us to take pictures while standing. But when photographing kids, you may want to try getting closer to the ground. Shooting on a child’s level will prevent the distortion of bigger heads and little feet you sometimes get when shooting down on little ones from a standing position. Plus, you will see more of your child’s face and less of the top of the head. It can also give your photographs a better feel for how they see the world.
Anticipate the moment
Be ready for anything with kids! Expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot it. Learn to anticipate what might happen, and where you need to be to capture it. Photography is all about being in the right place, clicking at the right time.
Let them free
Be patient, kids are in the playground for having fun. Better not interrupt them for a photograph. Your subject doesn’t have to be looking directly at the camera (or even facing the camera at all for that matter) in order for your image to tell a powerfully authentic story.
Zoom in and Fill the frame
A zoom lens is a perfect lens to use when capturing images of your kids at play. Fill the frame by moving closer/zoom closer and compose the photo by including only what is important to your shot. For example, if you are photographing your child blowing bubbles, instead of photographing a full-length image with the playground in the background, zoom into her face as she blows the bubbles, or crop tightly on her hand waving the bubble wand in the air.
Watch the shutter speed
At the playground (or anywhere, for that matter) it’s going to be pretty hard to have your kids stand still for a photo. The solution is to capture them in action. Just be sure you set your camera to a fast shutter speed and if the camera you’re using has scene modes, use the sports scene mode. This will ensure that you freeze the action, instead of ending up with a blur running through the image.
Take photos of your kids on the swings, coming down the slide, climbing on the monkey bars, and any other playground apparatus. Be sure to experiment with different angles. You might be happily surprised with the results. Look for the geometric shapes and bright colors that fill the playground and include them in your compositions for more interesting photographs.
If your kids do slow down enough to let you pose a few photos, try capturing a portrait. Zoom in close to capture the joyous expressions.
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