What distinguishes a professional looking portrait from an amateur snapshot? An image with lots of background clutter will instantly look like an amateur snapshot. Shooting images of children can be a challenge because children usually do not stay in one place long enough to plan the perfect shot with a great background. Ask the question, “What needs to be in the image to tell this story?” Fill the viewfinder with the image of the child, only including other items if they are necessary to tell the story. The zoomed or cropped image will eliminate background clutter and emphasize the details you were really trying to capture in the first place.
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