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Don't worry if your photos don't all come out stellar. Sometimes the goofier ones make the best memories- as Calvin says in this comic. :)
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Another tip for taking photos of kids: get down on their level. Whether it's a portrait or a candid, you'll get more interesting and dynamic shots by getting down to eye level with your kids.
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If your camera has it, switch to aperture priority mode. Aperture controls your depth of field, which can be important in portraits! If you don't know much about aperture or depth of field, take our DSLR 101 class!
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Here's a great blog with a lot of fun kids' photos if you're looking for some inspiration!
Planet Awesome Kid
Planet Awesome Kid
planetawesomekid.com
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Check out this beautiful shot from a place that's had a very difficult year.
Fukushima Mon Amour

There was a time when I had to use a map to explain to friends from outside of Japan exactly where my wife came from.

I don't have to do that now.... since the 3/11 quake, tsunami and resulting nuclear accident, it seems almost everyone knows where Fukushima is.

This was shot in my wife's hometown of Ishikawa-machi, some 55km inland from the reactors of Dai-Ichi. I shot it just down the road from our house in 2008, the first sakura season after we returned to Japan to live. It was a very joyful spring.

Above the family's house in Ishikawa there is a 500 year-old cherry tree. It's a listed 'treasure' of Fukushima Prefecture and visited by many people throughout hanami season. Our parties there with family always include many strangers, visitors to 'Takadazakura' (that's the name of the tree). Good fun times. The tree in our Ishikawa garden grew from a cutting taken from Takadazakura.

I hope to spend some time under its branches again soon.

It's been a tough year for Fukushima and the future is far from certain or rosy.

It's a beautiful part of Japan. I cherish these photos. They remind me of good, carefree times in Fukushima. We look forward having such times again.

Gear?

Nikon D300
Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8
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Check out this gallery of some of the best candid photos of children. Remember: none of these are posed!
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Faces are wonderfully expressive. Focus on someone's eyes and shoot away as they speak. Some photos will be inspiring and some may be funny. :)
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Here's a great example of a #funny #photo taken using two of our tips: an #animal and an unexpected expression!
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