If there is any event where people always use a digital camera, rest assured that it is at a birthday party. It is one of those times when everyone is more or less all about pictures, trying to pick those moments that they will look at again and again. It is only natural to want to take the best possible photos on a special occasion like this.
Name an official photographer
First of all, if you are not going to dedicate yourself to taking pictures but want to enjoy the party with everyone else, appoint an ‘official photographer’. Someone should be responsible for taking pictures. Otherwise, you might find that the emotion of the moment is lost because no one remembered to take pictures at the most critical moments of the party.
Use the children’s perspective
Considering the difference in height, it is preferable that instead of taking pictures from your natural position, point the camera downward. You should bend over to take the pictures of the younger children at their own height. You get to do a lot more candid shots with this, while still collecting party memories from their own point of view. You will see how this new approach gives your pictures a touch of additional interest.
Play with different positions and focal lengths
Do not take photos from one position only. Try out other angles and positions – climb on a chair, crouch, lie down, and so on. The important thing is to take pictures from different angles every time. Also, try several focal lengths. The short focus will let you take overviews of the site, giving much information about the site, while longer focal length allows you to capture and isolate the details more easily.
Use the bounce flash
If you are shooting indoors and plan to use a flash, if possible, opt for the bounce flash. You will get more light on the entire picture and at the same time avoid objects looking burned out in the foreground.
Capture the spontaneity
One of the key factors to making good photographs is to try to go unnoticed when working with your camera. To get a natural photo, do not force people to pose for you. Many people find it uncomfortable and end up making unnatural gestures. It is much better to take pictures when people do not realize they are being shot. Their gestures and expressions are more natural in this way and your photos will look great in the end result.
Have some organized photo shoots
If you want to take the best birthday images of gifts, start by taking a picture of all children separately while they are holding the gift. Next, take a picture of the birthday boy/girl opening all those gifts with a big smile on his/her face. You will have a visual record of who brought what, and that will greatly help when you write letters of thanks. Moreover, take photos before and after the cake and do not forget to photograph the kids when they start to eat.
Check your equipment
If you are not going to be home, or if you do not have enough time, prepare your camera equipment beforehand. Check the condition of the batteries, make sure you have all the equipment you need, and clean the camera lens well. Proper maintenance of camera equipment is a key factor in taking good photographs.
One of the most special days of the year for children is their birthday. Whether it is a house party or a special day out, being creative and flexible is the best way to capture memorable images of that day. Children can be temperamental, so you must always be ready to capture the smiles when they occur.