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5 ways to take better photos of your kids on your phone

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

5 ways to take light and airy photos of kids on your phone

I always advise for the ultimate results to go to professional light and airy photographer with professional skills, equipment and editing software (such as me of course!) I however, thought in the current times whilst we are all stuck at home it would be useful to find out how to re-create similar on your mobiles!

1. Use natural light

Many room lamps and lights leave yellow/orange tinge to your images. Turn them off and find yourself natural light from doors or windows. Using natural light will make your images so much softer and more true to life. Photographing in the daytime is the best time to get those whites white and tones correct. Even if you think the light seems a little low, don't worry, you can help this in post editing.

2. Get on their level

If you want to get images of your family, children or pets, make sure you get on their level! It's not the same if you're standing upright and pointing down at a 2 year old for example. Crouch so you are at their height.

3. Have someone next to you

Photographing your kids on you own is super tough! You need someone next to you keeping their attention and make them giggle! If you don't have this you'll probably find it a lot harder and you will be moving quite a bit more trying to do both so you may end up with blurry photos.

4. Underexpose rather than over expose

You might wonder what this even means! Basically it's better to have a darker photo you can lighten when editing rather than a photo that's too bright! If it's too bright you often lose a lot of detailing.

5. Editing apps

Lightroom is a powerful software and app. If you have an account you can sync it with the phone app, however there is also a normal Lightroom mobile app avalaible. It's not too complicated and you can change a variety things, more so than on a normal phone app. However, another app I love to use regularly is Snapseed. This is such a fantastic editing app. It has a range of features including a 'healing' brush which is quite accurate if you need to get rid of anything small! To make your image light and bright, lighten your images using the brightness and exposure tools then raise your shadows a little as well! Voila!

Now grab that phone and give it a go!!


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