How to take great birthday photos

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Shooting a birthday party can be a real challenge. From the arrival of the guests, to the party games, blowing out the candles on the cake, and opening presents, there's a lot to do. Here's professional photographer Nigel Barker of America's Next Top Model fame to share his tips for getting great birthday party photos.

How to take great birthday photos

Shooting a birthday party can be a real challenge. From the arrival of the guests, to the party games, blowing out the candles on the cake, and opening presents, there’s a lot to do! Here are some great tips for capturing all the fun on film from professional photographer Nigel Barker:

  • Use an advanced camera with features that make it easy to get quality shots.
  • Always have extra batteries and memory card on hand. Or at least make sure your current memory card is not at capacity.
  • Work with existing light. Use the “fill” flash when you need extra light or increase your ISO to a higher setting.
  • Capture the storyline of the party— start shooting as guests arrive, when the cake is being brought out or even as kids play.
  • Use interesting angles and colors. Try shooting through the balloon or down by the kids' swinging feet.
  • Adjust your aperture. A lower aperture blurs the background to emphasize your subject.
  • Play around with your camera’s creative mode settings. Also, consider purchasing a portrait lens for easy portrait shots.

 

 

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  • Nigel Barker

    Nigel Barker Professional Photographer Nigel Barker has been taking the world of fashion by storm for the past twenty years. After stints in Milan, Paris and London, Barker opened his New York studio in 1996 and has never looked back. more about this expert »

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