How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids
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How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

Learn simple techniques with your digital SLR camera to create amazing and memorable photos of your kids.
4.3 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
135 students enrolled
Created by Mary Buck
Published 10/2012
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to capture your kids in their sports activities.
  • Learn how to create bokeh for great kid's portraits
  • Learn how to use fill flash to improve your kid's photographs
  • Learn how to see the light for better photographs indoors and outdoors.
  • Learn what makes a great black and white kid's photograph
  • Learn how to use the white balance presets to remove color casts
  • Learn composition tips for creative and artsy photos
  • Learn some creative ways to capture your kid's birthday
View Curriculum
  • Digital SLR camera, lens, tripod.

If you are getting blurry, dark, or just plain old, ordinary pictures of your kids with your digital SLR camera, this course will be perfect for you. Mary Buck, the photography instructor, will teach you how to optimize the settings on your digital SLR camera and combine it with some creative tips so you can improve your photography. She will walk you through each of the twelve lessons of “Kids Photography Ideas & Techniques”, step-by-step with hands-on learning. 

In just a few short weeks, you will be shooting amazing pictures of your kids. Your photography will improve so much that you will be the envy of your friends when they see your photographs.  You need to sign up for this course because you deserve great photos of their kids.  Do it now, before it is too late. All you need is a digital SLR camera, a memory card, tripod, a lens and that’s all.  Oops, don’t forget your kid!

Mary has been teaching photography classes for ten years.  Her most popular request from her students is how to take better kid’s photos, which is why this Kids Photography Ideas & Techniques course was created. As a mom, she knows how important it is to have pictures of every milestone of a child’s life, plus the unexpected, candid moments.  You will have the best of both worlds with this course; a dynamic and experienced photography teacher who is also a parent that knows first-hand the importance of great family photos.

Take this Kids Photography Ideas & Techniques course and learn how to take better photos of your kids.

Who is the target audience?
  • Parents with children of all ages
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:56
View this short video first before you begin the lessons.
Preview 01:56
Understanding Shutter Speed
2 Lectures 10:12
This is Lesson 1 on how to set your camera to shutter priority and what shutter speed will allow you to stop action.
Preview 04:12

This video shows examples of the shutter speeds used to stop action for common childhood activities and sports.
Preview 06:00
Understanding Aperture
2 Lectures 09:17
This lesson explains what aperture is and how it affects the depth of field.  It also defines what bokeh is.
Aperture Priority Part I -Understanding Aperture

This lesson demonstrates the apertures and techniques used to create awesome bokeh.
Aperture Priority Part II - Creating Bokeh
Learn exposure, color and flash
3 Lectures 16:22

This lesson explains how and when to change the ISO. It also explains what ISO is and why it is important.

Understanding ISO

This lesson explains what fill flash is and why it is needed. It also explains how to set flash exposure compensation.
Understanding Fill Flash

This lesson explains what White Balance is and how to change presets to create more pleasing photographs with better color.
Understanding White Balance
Lighting for Photography
2 Lectures 15:00
In this lesson the five different types of light are explained with a visual demonstration of each one.
Seeing the Light

Learn how to see the direction of light to create beautiful natural lit photographs indoors and outdoors. Why and when you need to use a tripod.
Natural Light
Creativity in Photography
4 Lectures 17:50
Composition Tips for Artsy Photographs

Learn what makes a great black and white image and how to apply that to photographs of your kids.
Creating Black and White Photographs

Learn some creative photo tips on your kid's birthday including the camera settings for blowing out the candles. 

Photographing Birthdays

A little inspiration in closing. Thanks for joining the course!
Download the E-book
1 Lecture 00:00

Mary uses this e-book in all of her classes on how to use a digital SLR camera. It is know as "the best little digital SLR manual ever".  It is included with this course at no additional charge.

Ebook - Take Creative Control of Your SLR Camera
3.0 MB
About the Instructor
Mary Buck
4.2 Average rating
40 Reviews
342 Students
2 Courses
Professional Photographer and Photography Instructor

Mary Buck is a professional portrait photographer based in the Atlanta area. Since 1997 she has owned and operated a portrait and wedding studio known for its creative style of imagery. Her work has been published in national and local publications such as: Woman’s Day, Forbes, Lawn and Landscape, Atlanta Parent, Gwinnett Parent, and Gwinnett Magazine.

In 2003 she began to teach photography classes to hobbyists and amateur photographers. Her educational program has grown extensively and since 2010 she has taught over 1,000 students how to take creative control of their DSLR cameras at in-person courses. Her classes range from beginner to advanced level, including lighting and creativity workshops. In 2012 she placed her courses online so she could share her passion for photography with the world.

She has also authored four e-books for professional photographers on how to market, price and sell their photography.

In 2014 she has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.