Oh eye contact, why do you elude me?? I have been trying and trying to get some eye contact over here. Yes, I love walking away and contemplative looks as much as anyone else…but there is a connection that is made with eye contact.
It was much easier when they were little and you could keep their attention simply by making funny sounds. Now that they are older, they are much less interested in me and my camera. They just want to go play and I am holding them back. I have been trying to figure out how to keep their attention long enough to get a shot of them looking at me, so everytime I take out the camera I seem to try different tactics.
This week, I set out to figure out how EXACTLY does one get a child to look at the camera. Let me tell ya…it ain’t easy! They want to look anywhere but the camera. In order to get these shots…
- We had an ongoing conversation about the different Disney princesses, while…
- We played a game of throwing a ball back and forth, while…
- Mommy had to have reflexes faster than a jackrabbit to get the shot.
Piece of cake!
Eye contact – Cue the angels singing!
No eye contact
Am I the only one that struggles with eye contact?? Please tell me I’m not, and if I am please give advice freely! I am finding that trying to carry on conversations and shooting in continuous mode when they FINALLY look at you works the best. This becomes a problem when shooting in RAW, though, since it doesn’t recycle fast enough for continuous shooting to really be continuous. It’s more like paused shooting, which is not working for me.
After spending a little time with RAW, I am thus far unimpressed. I feel like my .jpg files are pretty close to what I want to achieve, and have less noise than the RAW versions. I have to do more processing on the RAW files and then they don’t seem to turn out as nice as I want. I’ll work with it some more, but right now I am not loving it.
If you have anything that works for your kids, please share. I have heard of some photographers having success with mounting a pez dispenser to where you put your flash. There is also the bug in the camera (“can you see the bug?”). Once they get older they are wizened to those tricks. I need new tricks…anyone have any new tricks??