In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, our pro helps our apprentice shed the complexity that comes with child photography and suggests a simple outdoor portrait photography setup anyone can use to take pro-quality pictures of children.
Meet our Professional Photographer
Sheryl Long is a full-time baby and child photographer based in Tintern. She was a finalist in the BPPA Master Photographer of the Year competition and won an award of excellence in the Mother and Baby category. She works on location with natural light to create images that capture a child’s personality and create a story. Click here to see more of her work.
Meet our Apprentice
Debbie has a 15-month-old toddler, Kieran, who she loves to photograph. However, she finds it hard to capture images of him and would love some advice on how to give her portraits a more professional photographer feel.
Before the first picture was taken, Sheryl talked Debbie through the key settings she should use on her DSLR to get the best results
Control the depth of field
“Debbie should shoot in Aperture Priority mode and keep the aperture set at f/2.8 or f/4,” advises Sheryl. “Once I select my aperture, I’ll rarely move away from this, as shooting at a wide aperture enables you to focus solely on your subject and it throws the background nicely out of focus. Your camera will then determine the shutter speed for you.”
Let ISO determine the shutter speed
“Once you’ve set your aperture, the shutter speed will vary according to the available light. If I find my shutter speed is too slow and camera shake is a problem I’ll increase my ISO, moving through the ISO settings until I get a shutter speed I’m happy with. I love a bit of noise – particularly grainy noise – as it adds something to an image.”