100 Portrait Ideas

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018 LET 'EM EXPRESS THEMSELVES

Smiling in a photo is good. Allowing your kids to express different moods—from curiosity to annoyance and anything in-between—is almost always better. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/125 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1000

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017 GO ROUND

Welcoming the new year with something round—like coins and round fruits—is believed to bring in good luck. I think a donut will do the trick. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/500 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400

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016 CAPTURE A SNOW SPLASH

Capturing images in snow is a little tricky. But overexposed at least a stop and a half, adjust your white balance and angle towards a dark background. You'll be fine. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/160 sec at f/4, ISO 200

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015 LET 'EM WEAR SHADES

Kids and shades are always a great shot. Letting them balance something on top of their head to capture an expression is ... well, a better shot. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 200

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014 CREATE A SPLASH

Turn on the sprinklers and bring out the water balloons and soakers. Time it well—i.e. click before you see the splash in your viewfinder—and you'll end up with great photos. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500

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013 WAKE UP TO A GREAT MORNING

Wake up early and capture what's great about a kid's morning—like the first cold splash. Your kid would love it. Who wouldn't pass a chance to play with water? Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500

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012 HANDS SAY IT ALL

Sometimes, the hands tell a better story more than the face. Keep the hands in focus and the face a blur. A wide aperture will do the trick. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/200 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500

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011 CAPTURE WONDER

One of the best moments in your child's life is when he is by himself, discovering things on his own—in wonder. Capture the wonder. Canon EOS 5D, 75-300@225mm, 1/125 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600

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010 SHOOT THROUGH SOMETHING

Shoot through something like a tennis racquet. It creates a frame and tells the story in a head-and-shoulder shot. Focus on the eyes—or, in this case, tongue—and not the frame, though. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/100 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400

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008 PICTURE A PICTURE IN A PICTURE

Take a picture of a picture in a picture. It'll be fun. The second picture could be inserted in the first picture in anyway—in a frame, in a reflection or even in a cellphone camera. Canon EOS 5D, 100mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250 sec at f/6.3, ISO 400

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