Renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland discusses the art of photographing kids ranging from toddlers to preteens, both alone and together with parents and siblings.
- [Voiceover] Photography of kids is very important. You're recording a very important piece of history. (camera clicks) - You want a great image that lasts into the future and people remember. (peaceful music) - [Voiceover] I love always to document families as I did my kids when they were growing up. - Oh, that's your favorite color? - [Voiceover] I find it best to start with the available light. (camera clicks) Respond to what is with you, what is in the air, what is in the location.
- Look to me! Yes, now we're getting some sunlight! (camera clicks) Very nice. - [Voiceover] You often have to tell people, "Move closer, closer. Please, touch your heads together." (camera clicks) (relaxing r,b music) - No matter what kind of beautiful new camera lens you have, it's the people out in front and how you relate to them. You know what you do very amazingly well? You tell stories. (camera clicks) Have the light panel ready, please. - [Voiceover] An LED system works beautifully for this delicate available light.
You just dial in a small amount. You're making a beautiful painting or something, that's what you're really doing with your camera. It's all a new challenge. And that's the excitement about photography.
- Capturing memories: the importance of photographing kids and families
- Working with toddlers by playing with them
- Making lens and lighting decisions
- Using props and toys to make kids comfortable
- Posing families and kids together
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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