Photographing kids using natural light

Photographing kids is always going to be a challenge, and you might find yourself asking how do you keep kids focused while you photograph? What are the best locations to photograph children? How do you make a shoot work when you only have a small space? The list goes on…

In this photography class Karl answers all of these questions as he shares some top tips for photographing kids. He also shows you how to work in a variety of locations, both indoor and outdoor.

In each shoot he uses nothing more than natural light. That, coupled with a few simple accessories, attention to detail and patience, results in some great images that any parent would be pleased with.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography: How to photograph children using natural light
  • Tips for photographing children
  • Interesting locations for photographing children
  • Useful equipment for natural light photography
  • How to incorporate movement into kids portraits
  • Controlling shutter speed for creative portraits

Note: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Hi Karl,
    thank you for the great videos – I have two questions:

    1) Metering – on all your natural portraiture videos do you use matrix /evaluative metering and you underexpose a bit or do you use spot metering? Normally , if I shoot backlit image I would spot metering on the face to get the correct exposure on my subject . What do you use ?
    2) in the children videos which filter do you use to slow down the shutter speed ?
    thank you
    Luciana Rizzi

    1. Hi Lucian.
      1. I don’t use any metering system, (I think it’s set in the default one) I usually just put in the aperture I want to use, guess the shutter speed and then take a test and look at the result and histogram and adjust further from there. See our new Intro Course.
      2. That would have been either a 0.9 ND filter or a Polarizer.

    1. Hi Chris, on this type of indoor shoot with strong backlighting the reflector would still work, in fact I don’t think it was sunny when we did these. If it was very dark and overcast you’d have to work a bit harder but all the light would still be coming from behind them so there would still be something to reflect relative to the overall scene.

    1. Hi Mario, no particular reason, for the kid in with the lego I just wanted to get the lego in the foreground and as he was on his own it made a better composition. For the girl on the roundabout I went landscape to accommodate her arms waving around.

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