Video: Photographing Children With Their Favourite Props

The Mastering Portrait Photography team asked four-year-old Benji to bring some things to the studio to be photographed with. He chose some toy cars, a camera and… our studio dog.

First though, Paul shows us one of the most common lighting set-ups he sees – flat lighting. This happens when the light hitting the subject is equally powerful from both sides, such as when you have two equidistant studio lights at the same power settings. Paul explains why he hates how this looks and the very easy way to fix it.

Then it’s on to our first prop, a toy car. Paul looks to create a dynamic, high key portrait, with the car zooming towards the camera, headlights aglow.

The second prop is a toy camera. Paul starts off with another high key set-up (using two subtractor boards to add shadow and character into the shot), then he decides to try a low key version with a family heirloom camera for a completely different look.

Lastly, we head outside for a portrait with Rufus, the studio dog. Paul explains why he picks the location under the tree and shares some of his tips for working with dogs.

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