Saturday March 21st, 9am-5pm • Hunt’s Photo, Melrose
A workshop that focuses on how to photograph toddlers and young children
In a casual, indoor environment using flash and in a studio setting
Recommended Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of your camera
Class Level: Beyond Basic
Instructors: Paul Nelson & Emily Hojnowski
Class Size: Maximum 6 attendees
Let’s face it: Photographing children can be tough work! They have boundless energy, they don’t always listen to instructions, and they do NOT want to stay in one place so that you can take precious photographic memories! This is compounded by how complicated photography can be, including how to setup lighting, balance exposure and obtain accurate focus, pose and direct our little subjects. It’s enough to make a photographer pull their hair out!
But we’ve gotta stay cool and calm as child photographers! It has to be fun and childlike to make the experience truly amazing! So how do we do it and where do we start?
This workshop is the first in a series that focuses on how to photograph toddlers and children indoors, both in a casual and a studio environment. Among other items, this workshop will cover:
•The basics of photographing inside using flash, including starting camera settings
•Using flash on-camera vs. external flash
•Basic studio setups
•Tips and tricks on how to keep toddlers and children interested, involved, & engaged
This workshop will include two hands-on shooting sessions involving children– a casual, indoor shooting experience and a studio shooting session. The workshop will close with a brief image review of results.
This workshop primarily deals with working with children aged 2-6.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own gear, but we will begin with gear that anyone can use, including:
•Speedlights (both brand–Nikon, Canon, Sony– and non-brand specific–Phottix, etc.)
•Phottix and Pocket Wizard Triggers
•Elinchrom Studio strobes
•Sekonic Light Meters
Schedule of Day
Part 1- 9am-12:30pm- Photographing Inside
9:30am-10:30am- Presentation on photographing inside using flash and working with children
11am-12:30pm- Shooting session #1, Casual, indoors with flash
12:30-1:30pm- Break for lunch
Part 2- 1:30-4:30pm- Photographing in the Studio
1:30-2pm- Discussion of lighting and settings; setup of lighting
2-2:30pm- Demo with model
2:30-4:30pm- Photographing children in studio setup
4:30-5pm- Wrap up; image review
What to bring:
-Camera with fully charged battery, memory cards
-For lenses, consider bringing lenses between 35mm and 100mm. Prime lenses with low apertures are a great option, but zoom lenses that fit this range will also work fine.
-You are welcome to bring your own speedlights and triggers, but we will begin the day using generic options.