Taking Photos in School

If you work in a school, then the chances are you’ll need to take some snaps here and there.  Photos of the kids in a happy educational environment will form essential parts of displays, reports, and promotional material, so it’s important to make sure the shots look good.  That’s why we’ve got together with Somer Print to bring you these tips on getting the best photos:

Try and keep things natural.   If there’s one thing guaranteed to make kids misbehave, it’s trying to get them into a rigid, humourless pose.  The simple fact is that the best shots will often result from photos taken whilst the kids are in their natural environment, such as reading or playing football during PE.  Whilst we’re not suggesting you try and take photos whilst the kids are unaware, notify them and then take them a bit later, once the kids have forgotten there’s a camera around!

Don’t let the frames become too cluttered.  This remains one of the main concerns in any form of photography, and can occur quite frequently within schools, simply because there’s a whole lot of both people and stuff in almost any school.  Because of this, it’s usually best to try and get shots both in quieter areas (isolated tables such as those used for art and cooking are usually suitable) and when there are less children around.  This will help minimise the frame and keep the shots looking clean.

Plan lighting if you can. Almost everyone knows how important lighting is to a successful photo.  However, in any environment where there are kids running around, it can be tough to keep this under control.  Ideally, you’ll want to take the shots where there’s a nice combination of natural and artificial light, but away from anything too bright which could cause either blurring or dullness.  Late in the afternoon is often suitable, once the mid-day sun has dulled.

Use props if you’re stuck.  One of the best ways to get those adorable shots is to give the kids in the photos a prop or two – this will stop them getting distracted and not knowing what to do with their arms (which can sometimes lead to a finger up the nose in the very young!).  The prop itself can be anything from a book (a shot of kids reading is always suitable for school shots) or simply their lunch.  As long as they’ve got something to hold their attention, you’re sorted!