How To Capture The Moment

June 14, 2010

One of the most essential things you need to understand when photographing children is how to capture the moment. After all, the goal of our photographing children is to record their history, and if we are not prepared we won’t create much of a record.

Most digital cameras have a two-step shutter release; only the most inexpensive fixed-focus cameras do not. Knowing how to use this feature is key in learning how to capture the moment and creating great pictures.

When you put a little pressure on the shutter release button, the camera leaps into action: it locks in both the focus and the exposure setting. If you continue to hold the shutter button down, the focus and exposure settings won’t change.

Child With Chalk

Child With Chalk

In the photo on the right I focused on the child and then recomposed the picture to include the background, placing the subject (in accordance to the rule of thirds) on the left hand side of the photograph.

You can then recompose the picture and, when it meets your approval, press the shutter release all the way down to snap your photograph.

There are a number of reasons why you want to use this method with your shutter release:

If you want something off to the side of your picture to be in focus, then point your camera at your off-center subject and lock the focus and exposure. Then recompose the shot and snap the picture.

Above all, remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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