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    Any tips on taking toddler pictures? May have an assignment to shoot for toddler bday party for a friend! Need some help and guidance

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    Quote Originally Posted by babetrice
    Any tips on taking toddler pictures? May have an assignment to shoot for toddler bday party for a friend! Need some help and guidance
    If outdoor with good light, just snap.

    If indoor with not so good light, use flash.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    If indoor with not so good light, use flash.
    I can hear already the parents coming at you screaming and shouting for blinding the poor child
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine
    I can hear already the parents coming at you screaming and shouting for blinding the poor child
    Nobody ask you to use direct flash right. Just do backward bounce flash and you should be fine
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    Take some toys with you. Or something to distract and entertain the little fellow.

    An unhappy baby won't do you any good.
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    Thanks for the advices!!!

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    First play with the toddler together with its parents. Not too long about 3-5 mins. Also hold your camera when playing with the toddler. So that the toddler know that you & your camera is around and let him get comfortable with it. For toys you can bring colourful mid size plastic balls as distract and entertain the little fellow. Let him play with it. you can have pic of him playing. After the shoot you can give the toy to the toddler as a thank you gift. The toddler & parents will be happy to let you shoot again next time. Hope this help...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    Nobody ask you to use direct flash right. Just do backward bounce flash and you should be fine
    I have no doubts about that. But even here in CS you'll find people with flash phobia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine
    I have no doubts about that. But even here in CS you'll find people with flash phobia.
    Hehe, also lens phobia. I find it so much harder to take a human compare to insects or animals..
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    One more thing... take the picture at the same eye level as the baby / toddler... They're less afraid if you do so.
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    If its a party, you wont take posed shots, they will be distracted and playing all at the same time.

    some of the things i did:
    1) Go low, shoot from their eye level or lower.
    2) Let them do their things, no need to ask them to smile or look at you.
    3) Ask the parent to engage them to keep their spirit high (unless they are already high on their own or with peers), make sure the parents dont ask them to look at you.
    4) You need to run around more than them to get the right angle.
    5) Off shoe flash is almost impossible at a party, use ceiling bounce.
    6) Call out their names (one at a time) by surprise and snap as soon as they turn their head to make first eye contact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine
    I can hear already the parents coming at you screaming and shouting for blinding the poor child
    Ya. Lucky not my shoot.

    Infants below 3 months try not to. May scare them. Toddlers should be fine.

    And yes, use bounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Ya. Lucky not my shoot.

    Infants below 3 months try not to. May scare them. Toddlers should be fine.

    And yes, use bounce.
    agree should never use direct. i've used softbox and bounce on my boys since day one tho.
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    Heard their eyes is to weak for direct flash. Has bad prolong effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    Heard their eyes is to weak for direct flash. Has bad prolong effect.
    This is from doctors, so i dun think i should doubt them:
    http://www.sublime-light.com/index.p...ve-young-eyes/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan

    This is from doctors, so i dun think i should doubt them:
    http://www.sublime-light.com/index.p...ve-young-eyes/
    Thanks for the link
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan View Post
    This is from doctors, so i dun think i should doubt them:
    http://www.sublime-light.com/index.p...ve-young-eyes/
    But some babies do get scared by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan View Post
    If its a party, you wont take posed shots, they will be distracted and playing all at the same time.

    some of the things i did:
    1) Go low, shoot from their eye level or lower.
    2) Let them do their things, no need to ask them to smile or look at you.
    3) Ask the parent to engage them to keep their spirit high (unless they are already high on their own or with peers), make sure the parents dont ask them to look at you.
    4) You need to run around more than them to get the right angle.
    5) Off shoe flash is almost impossible at a party, use ceiling bounce.
    6) Call out their names (one at a time) by surprise and snap as soon as they turn their head to make first eye contact.
    I think this sum up pretty well.

    Flash some times can be annoying to the little one and once they don't like you, they don't like you. I take the flash out of equation for all of my work involve children as I don't know which child will be annoyed by it.

    Observe and observe will help you learn what they do and that will allow you to take better images of the kids.

    Here is what I do if I cover kid's party. 2 pictures every 1 pictures taken of other child for the birthday child.

    I hope this help.

    I specialises in Children, perhaps, you might find some inspiration looking at my website? www.tomato.sg

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123

    But some babies do get scared by it.
    Yep some of them do, but thats a diff story than hurting them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agetan View Post
    I think this sum up pretty well.

    Flash some times can be annoying to the little one and once they don't like you, they don't like you. I take the flash out of equation for all of my work involve children as I don't know which child will be annoyed by it.

    Observe and observe will help you learn what they do and that will allow you to take better images of the kids.

    Here is what I do if I cover kid's party. 2 pictures every 1 pictures taken of other child for the birthday child.

    I hope this help.

    I specialises in Children, perhaps, you might find some inspiration looking at my website? www.tomato.sg

    Regards,

    Hart
    Clicked on your flickr link.
    Wow! fantastic shots.

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