Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

January 29, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many of you know that I have two little girls.  One is six and the other is two and half and they are both extremely busy children and always have been.  I feel like the majority of my photos once they started moving were all a blur.  Now it’s only getting worse since they started activities like dance and gymnastics.  Try snapping the perfect cartwheel or hand stand.  It used to be virtually impossible for me.  Not any more!  These Tips for Photographing Busy Kids are going to change your world.

Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

Invest in a good camera.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet when it comes to this.  I’ve always loved my camera and if you’ve seen my food photography, you know that I can take a pretty good photo of a still item.  When it comes to my girls though, they have to be posing, which is extremely frustrating now that they are even more active than before.   I recently told my husband that we needed to upgrade to something meant for shooting moving objects.  I just don’t want to miss those spectacular moments.

Video is all the rage and you need it.  If you’ve caught the SnapChat bug then you’re well aware that video is all the rage.  You can find me snapping away as melrosefamily.  It’s a blast!  I’ve quickly learned though that at a sporting event I want something more substantial then my iPhone to take a video.  I’d highly recommend having a camera that can take video as well.  I shot this clip with my camera.  It’s super short, but it shows exactly what Riley needs to be working on at gymnastics.  You’re probably wondering how does that possibly show anything, right?  Let me blow your mind.

Have the ability to pull apart the video.   I’m not talking about knowing how to edit videos using iMovie or other software.  I’m simply talking about having the ability to see a video frame by frame so that you can catch images like the one below.

Possess the ability to take an image from a video and convert it to an photo.  I’m sure you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about.  A couple of weeks ago I didn’t even know that the technology existed to do this.  LUMIX 4K Cameras take a video and allow you to pick frames within the video to then turn into photographs.  This picture of Riley is one of her favorites because she’s in her early stages of gymnastics and doesn’t quite have the confidence in her ability to try a hand stand.  When she saw this photo she had no idea that she was getting herself so vertical and she was beaming with pride.  I never could have caught this at this height if it had not been for the 4K mode that allowed me to pull it out of the video.

Understand that there’s a learning curve.  Let’s be honest for a moment.  There’s a learning curve to anything.  I can tell you that the video below was my third video using the camera and Riley was in the middle of a busy gym.  I was able to zoom in because of the Panasonic Lens and catch her every step of the way.  With the Panasonic LUMIX G7 the learning curve is minimal.

Educate your kids about the technology.  My girls are at an age where all they want to see is the snaps of themselves.  They’ll act a little sassier if they know that their being recorded.  It’s just human nature to want to put forth your best side when you know you’re being watched.  Riley thought that I was taking pictures and she was shocked by the photo below.  I’ve been trying for weeks to describe how her legs look when she does a cartwheel and I just couldn’t get her to understand.  No more explaining after seeing this shot, which again was pulled out of the 4k mode and converted into a picture.  You can find more information on G7 and all of it’s capabilities, but this was by far my favorite mode that it offered.

Just think of all the ways that you could catch your kiddos in action.  You’d catch that perfect jump shot or leaping catch.  What moment are you hoping to catch?

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