Simple Back to School Photo Tips – Easy to follow tips to help tell the story of your child’s school year in photos.
1. Find the time – There’s a lot going on at the beginning of a new school year and finding the time to take a few photos involves some planning. Have your camera equipment charged and make sure memory cards are empty. Because the first day of school tends to be so busy my favorite time to take my camera along with me is to meet the teacher night or even take a moment to snap some photos on the second or third day of school when things have settled down a little bit. The photo below was taken on a day I volunteered in my daughter’s preschool classroom.
2. Capture the details – Don’t forget to snap a few photos of the little details that can sometimes go unnoticed. A closeup of your child’s backpack, a nametag on their desk. These little things really help to tell the story of your child’s school experience and as your child’s skill levels change and develop through the years these photos are really precious to look back on! My free printable back to school photo checklist is a great source of photo ideas that go beyond the typical school day photo ops.
3. Sit back and observe – Taking on the role of an observer can help your child relax, especially if you have an older child who may not think it’s “cool” to have mom in the classroom snapping photos. You can still capture great photos by taking a few steps back from the action with the help of a zoom lens or even a fixed lens with a longer focal length. Both lens types will allow you to be further away from your subject physically, but still capture closeup photos that look like you’re right in the action. Don’t worry about eye contact, I love the look and feel of these unobtrusive shots – they make it feel like you’re sneaking a little peek into their day.
4. Indoor photos – There isn’t a lot of natural light available in most schools which makes taking photos inside your child’s classroom a little tricky. To compensate for less light try increasing your camera’s ISO. Use any light source available to its fullest, if there’s a window get close to it. Here are a few more detailed tips on taking photos in low light. My favorite lens right now to use indoors is my the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. This is my go-to lens right now, I love it and use it almost exclusively. It shoots beautifully and allows me to adapt to so many different photography situations! You can read more of my thoughts on this lens as well as some alternate lens suggestions in this post.
5. Keep snapping – don’t forget to capture other details of a typical school day. Getting ready in the morning, packing lunches, walking to school or doing homework. These are all moments that help tell your child’s school story. These are the perfect moments to capture quickly with your camera phone.
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