Written by Alexis Buatti-Ramos, Design & Media Manager
In my initial blog post, Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids
, we discussed the basic skills you need to take better family photos. Now, here are seven tips and tricks for photographing your kid on the go with an iPhone. I'm using my colleagues here at The New Victory Theater as my subjects, so please use your imagination and pretend they're 5-, 7- and 8-year-olds! Get those iPhones out, and let's get started!
1. Change your EXPOSURE.
Exposure is the amount of lightness or darkness present in a photo. While you may not be in control of whether or not your kid sticks their tongue out, you are in control of how much the image is exposed. The camera will try its best to expose properly, but it may not work 100% of the time. If your subject seems too bright or too dark, go ahead and tap on the main focus of your photo (i.e. your kid's face) and drag up to brighten up that cute face or drag down if it appears too bright.
It's hard to see our Digital Engagement Coordinator, Beth, sticking her tongue out in the first shot, but by lightening the exposure it becomes much clearer!
2. LOVE your photos.
Nine times out of ten, you'll want to share your winning shots with everyone you run into for months to come. With all the photos we take everyday, it's easy for those favorites to get lost in the shuffle. Be sure to toggle the heart icon on the ones you want to have accessible at a moment's notice. Once you select the heart those photos will be dropped into your "Favorites" album.
3. BURST into your happy dance!
No more missing THE shot. With "burst mode" on iPhone, you can capture movement like never before. Instead of just tapping the shutter, click and hold the shutter button (or either of the physical volume buttons) to shoot continuously. This gives you the option to either find one or two perfect shots and delete the rest or keep all of the photos! This technique works best for kids diving into pools, jumping around, riding a bike or for any moment when they're going from point A to point B.
I wanted to shoot our Public Relations Associate, Christopher, jumping for joy, so I captured it by using a burst! It was easy to select my favorite out of the many photos taken at once.
4. Let's do the TIME-LAPSE again!
Swipe to Time-Lapse (instead of the standard Photo setting) and watch your kid's antics come together in a fantastic little flip-book of sorts. Time-lapse videos have a different look from regular videos because they're created from a series of still images. They're great for capturing activities that have clear beginnings and endings, or that take a while to complete, like showing off new dance moves, building with Legos or eating breakfast.
The Time-Lapse setting perfectly shows our Education Department Coordinator, Val, drawing a picture!
5. Get LOW.
In my last post, I wrote about playing the angles. A little tip when using the iPhone for those in-the-grass shots is to flip the phone upside down so the camera lens is closer to the ground. You'll get a totally different look!
In the first photo here, I took a shot of our Education Program Manager, Carolyn, from a normal angle. Try changing it up the way I did in the second photo by shooting your subject from a low angle with your phone upside-down!
6. EDIT without help.
iPhone has made its editing system more powerful and even more user-friendly. Once you've snapped your photo, choose the "Edit" button on the top right and then the dial. This'll give you so many options that you can edit your photos as you see fit. Each main header (Light, Color, Black and White) has a drop down menu for more fine-grained options! Afraid of making changes? Make sure to duplicate your image before starting. Also, if you decide nothing beats the original, there's now a "revert" button so you can stick with the image you initially captured.
I first duplicated my image so I have the original intact! Then I edited this photo of Allison, our Director of Public Relations, to black and white.
7. Photograph LIVE.
If you have the iPhone 6s, you have one additional fancy feature—"Live Photo." The symbol for toggling Live Photos looks like a sun flare within the 'Photo' setting. With Live Photo selected, your phone will take 1.5 seconds of audio and video before and after you take a photo. Now, along with your photo you have a 3-second video of that moment as well!
||Alexis Buatti-Ramos is the Design & Media Manager for The New 42nd Street. For the past eight years, she’s worked as the Graphic Designer and Photographer for the New Victory Theater. Her photography has been featured in The New York Times, TYA Today and can be seen around the city in advertisements for the New Vic! Alexis’ passion for portrait photography stemmed from her time working with young people at the New Vic, capturing families playing, learning and discovering together at workshops and special events. You can see more of her work on Facebook.