Playing at the park is a great way to enjoy the weather and get your children moving. There is nothing better than seeing your kids’ smiling faces whizzing down the slide or flying high on the swing. Here are simple steps to get the best park photos and really capture those memories.
Take Lots of Pictures: Taking a ton of pictures serves two purposes: You can experiment and you can click away until you get the right shot. You may not get the perfect photo on the first try, but that’s okay. After all, that’s what digital cameras are for. Just keep shooting. Experiment with different angles, lighting and shutter speeds to see what works best.
Consider Lighting: Flashes aren’t just for indoors. If the sun is behind your children, consider turning on the flash. This will lighten up their faces and balance out the light in the picture. Be aware of shadows, too. To avoid shadows across your children’s faces, take pictures in full sun or full shade.
Pick Candid Versus Posed: Try to take both posed and candid park photos. Did your kids find a nice mud puddle to play in? Get them to pose with their muddy hands up in the air. Then, get a candid picture of them splashing in the puddle. Again, the more pictures you take, the more memories you’ll capture — and the more likely it is you’ll get that perfect shot.
Choose Your Shutter Speed: To get the best action shot, use a fast shutter speed. Faster shutter speeds help you capture a crisp scene without blurring the image. If you aren’t experienced with manually adjusting your camera, most cameras have an action shot setting. Read your camera’s manual and become familiar with the different options before you go to the park.
Most importantly, have fun. Enjoy the fresh air and experiment with your camera. If your children are old enough, get them involved in the process. They will love taking pictures of each other and the park surroundings. When you’re finished sorting through the pictures, make sure you get your best park photos developed as Prints.
What is your favorite outdoor activity with your children?
Image source: Lauren Gaines