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When you photograph kids and families, "you're recording a piece of history," says renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland in Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Photographing Kids and Families. In this course, Douglas discusses the art of photographing kids ranging from toddlers to preteens, both alone and together with parents and siblings. As he photographs close friends and family members, Douglas discusses the use of ambient light as well as LED fill light, and demonstrates shooting techniques in both informal and studio settings.
Photography of kids is very important. I love always to document family, as I did my kids when they were growing up. You want a great image that lasts into the future and people remember. (video playing) Frequently, people say, when I think of Douglas Kirkland, I think of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, and Audrey Hepburn and others.
Yes, that's a world I live in, and life has been good to me. So they say "why do you want to photograph kids?" You know why? It's all photography. (video playing) When you get great pictures of kids that you photograph, if you do it well, you are recording a very important piece of history. I have three kids of my own who are now grown, and Mark was the first one. He was one of my favorite subjects, and he is now in his mid-50s, and of course now it's grandkids.
In Vermont a few years ago, we had a new grandchild, Anna Sophia, and Karen was picking her up in the air and she had a red hat on, a picture asking to be taken--the picture we wanted for our family--and that was really important. But I have a stock agency called Corbis. Corbis has been very good to me through the years, and they probably sold that picture of Anna Sophia more than any other picture almost in my collection. Now, I had a friend who came to me and he said he was involved with a charity called the Starlight Foundation, and it's for deprived children that have medical difficulties.
And they had had somebody come in with the flash on camera and pop pictures like a point-and-shoot, and they tried to put these into the pages on the annual report, and it didn't fly very well. So what I wanted to do for the Starlight Foundation was make effective pictures, done carefully and professionally, and it was quite successful. Everybody has something to express and show, and that is more history.
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