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Snap summer memories with tips

With kids out of school for the summer, they are likely to be the subjects in many of our summer photos.

It got me wondering about tips for taking better shots of children, so I spoke with two photographers who shared their secrets for taking good, child-friendly photos:

Forget about telling children to smile. They will likely force a smile to please you. It’s much better to give them something to smile about.

Children don’t have to smile in every photo. Some of my favorite kid photos are the ones where they look intently into the camera.

The same pose. In order to get the perfect shot, it’s helpful to take a lot of photos of the same pose. Digital cameras have made this super-easy; simply delete the shots you don’t like.

Most point-and-shoot cameras have settings for several special occasions, including one for taking better portraits, one for taking nighttime photos and one for better action shots. Kids are always on the move, so action shots are likely to reflect them at their most natural selves.

Sun block. If you’re taking photos at the beach, it’s a common misconception to have your subjects facing into the sun. However, it works better if you have the sun at their backs. The sun will illuminate their hair and you can illuminate their faces with the flash from the camera. This technique is known as “fill flash.”.

Fill the frame. It’s also important to fill the frame with exactly what you want to see in the photo. Avoid standing too far away from your subjects and just keep moving closer until your viewfinder is filled only with the amount of picture you want.

The longer daylight hours in summer present the perfect opportunity to take lots of photos. And while your kids may roll their eyes when you pull out the camera, they are sure to thank you later.