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Old 03-14-2013, 10:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The best pieces of advice I can offer are...

-Use natural light (already been said but I want to expand on this one).
Don't shoot on bright sunny days with harsh light coming through the windows. Overcast cloudy days are your friend because the clouds act as a natural soft box or diffuser and the gentle light that comes through can make for some amazing photos.

-Aperture choice
This one you can go two different directions with. If you choose a wide open aperture, say F2.8 or bigger, you will have a very shallow depth of field. In other words what you focus on will be in focus but the foreground and background will be out of focus. The more open the aperture the stronger the effect. I love taking photos of my kids using this method because I absolutely love real life, photo journalistic photos. If I take a photo of one of my girls in our living room, I want to know that it was my house in the background I just don't want to see every detail of the room, I want the focus to be on my subject, my daughter. I hope that's understandable, it makes sense in my head, haha. If you do use this method I'd suggest using a focus point on the eyes of the child. Eyes should always be in focus.
The other method is to shoot with a vary small aperture f16, f32, this will have a very deep depth of field meaning that everything in the photo, foreground and background, will be in reasonable focus. Great for detail shots.

I hope this helps!
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