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"Look at the camera" … "Okay, don't look at the camera"

 
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Nov 28, 2014 14:09 |  #1

I'm having a big time problem getting my kids to look at the camera and want to get them to pose while looking away from the camera. When they were little the gazes away from the camera seemed more natural or maybe just expected, now that they are older, 6, it just isn't working.

I need some advice for posing two kids with eyes on something other than the camera.

This problem is mostly with studio shots, but comes up with environmental shots too.

How far off camera should i have them look? Up and away from the camera? or level and near the camera?


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Dec 02, 2014 13:56 |  #2

It all depends on how important the eyes are to the shot. For posed pictures, I usually want to see my kids looking at the camera, but there are times when I'd rather have them focus elsewhere. My wife comes in handy for our youngest especially (6 months).

I recently did a few shots with a book and fake present boxes for Christmas cards- giving them something to interact with can be nice for getting those real smiles, and not forced.

Here's an example of a real smile I got from my son while he reacts to my wife playing with our youngest out of frame:

IMAGE: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8604/15744290408_9ef8be09a4_b.jpg

You can't see all of the eyes, but you can see the reaction/face is genuine.

I have a 6 year old and a 6 month old, so I have to bribe the 6 year old when we shoot them together. If he does what I ask when I ask, he gets to tell me what to do and take the pictures afterwards. He loves directing people and taking pictures of his own.



  
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Apr 19, 2015 20:22 |  #3

when you want them to look AT the camera, I heard of a great trick, ... with very little effort and shaving a bit of plastic off, a PEZ dispenser fits into the hotshoe... give em a few pez from there, and their eyes are glued to the spot!




  
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Apr 19, 2015 21:31 |  #4

Thumpa33 wrote in post #17524289 (external link)
when you want them to look AT the camera, I heard of a great trick, ... with very little effort and shaving a bit of plastic off, a PEZ dispenser fits into the hotshoe... give em a few pez from there, and their eyes are glued to the spot!

That's how I get my dogs to stay focused, just with kibble... Lol


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