Especially at this time of the year, taking photos of kids is a major event. There are a number of things you need to keep in mind if you’re going to take your own photos of kids.

One major thing to do is get very familiar with your camera. Most phone cameras will take fair photos of kids but having a better camera will provide you with better photos. Know what your camera will do, both the basics and with additional gear you might have.

Be sure to know where all the bells and whistles, knobs and buttons are, and be sure to look through the menu of settings to get familiar with them.

To make those one-in-a-lifetime photos of kids, you need to be sure to have a burst function. This allows you to make a series of photos in a row. This way, you won’t miss that first smile or the T-ball swing their first time at bat.

Kids are fast. So, when you’re taking photos of kids you need a good autofocus and fast burst speed. You may want to consider a DSLR camera if you’re thinking about buying a new one because they’re faster and you won’t miss those just-too-cute moments.

So many times those really good photo moments happen in poor light conditions, too. The DSLR cameras will have longer lens and will make better pictures 90% of the time. This is true even if you just let the camera do everything in auto mode when taking photos of kids.

Be sure you know how to use the flash on your camera. Even when you’re taking photos of kids outdoors the flash can improve your photos.

Certainly, the autofocus function on your camera will allow you to make good photos of kids without doing much more than point and shoot. But you need to know how to use the manual mode also.

A good place to begin is the aperture priority aspect. This controls the f-number on your camera. Most of the time when taking photos of kids you’ll want a low f-number to let in more light to the camera. If you’re trying to get more than one kid in the photo, you’ll want a higher f-number to make the image sharper.

Shutter speed is another function to investigate when taking photos of kids. In general, fast kids need higher shutter speeds. When indoors or in low light, use slower shutter speeds. Play around with this, get very familiar with it, and practice.

Even you might be able to take your own photos of kids, sometimes you want the best photographers available. Pixel Perfect Photography in Amherst, NH, is the perfect place to capture the magic of your moments. Karen and Kiera are waiting to do their best for you. Call 603-579-0500 to schedule a time to get together and plan how they will meet your needs. They can even give you advice on taking your own photos of kids.