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Photo Tip 8: How to take intimate portraits of children

By Jim Zuckerman - Tennessee

When you photograph children, get down to their level.

Photo Tip 8: When you photograph children, get down to their level. When you shoot down on them, your photo will seem to have been taken from an outside observer. It will lack intimacy and warmth. If you kneel down such that the lens is parallel with the ground and you are eye level with the child, the resulting images will be dramatically improved. It will be as if your photos reveal inner depths in your young subjects.

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To learn more, check out Jim's online photo courses at BetterPhoto.com


Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to turn his love of photography into a career. He has lectured and taught creative photography at many universities and private schools, including UCLA, Kent State University, the Hallmark Institute of Photography, and the Palm Beach Photographic Center. He also has led both domestic and international photo tours for 29 years to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the American Southwest.

Zuckerman has been a contributing editor to Photographic Magazine for 32 years. His images, articles and photo features have been published in hundreds of books and magazines including several Time-Life Books, publications of the National Geographic Society, Outdoor Photographer, Omni Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Science Fiction Age, Australia's Photo World, and Greece's Opticon. He is the author of twelve books on photography.

His work has been used for packaging, advertising, and editorial layouts in thirty countries around the world. Jim's images have also appeared in calendars, posters, greeting cards, and corporate publications.

 

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