How do you take this photo?

My child totally cracks up when we toss her up in the air and her expression is priceless. I would love to capture it, but all of my attempts end up looking like this:


My child totally cracks photo 3102354-1


Now I know there are issues with lighting and composition and all of that - but I'm totally not a professional, nor really even an amateur photographer and I just want to take a photo of my baby that I will be able to look back and remember that little smile! But she needs to be in focus! I have tried pre-focusing on where she will end up when she gets tossed and that doesn't work, and it doesn't work when I just try to focus and take the photo super quick when she is in the air.


Any experts care to give me some suggestions? Or explain in TOTAL easy terms how to do this? 

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm
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BelgianInAustralia
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What camera do you use?


 

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm
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I've got a Nikon D40 (I think thats it... I got it on sale two or so years ago for like $100!)

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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Here's how I did it.


I asked my husband to raise LO to the designated height, focus, leave your finger on the shutter halfway so the focus is locked even when LO is no longer in the shot.  Count to 3 so my husband can toss/lift him to the spot on 3, and press the shutter on 3.


The result - (we didn't do a toss in this shot.  Just a very fast lift to get LO's expression.)


Here s how I photo 3102511-1


EDIT: Here's another one, shooting into the sun to get the fun flare -


Here s how I photo 3102511-1

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm
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I'd also like to add to the above, don't have your aperture open too wide, you've got a bigger chance of success with a number like f8 or f11 than with f1.8. The bigger the area you have in focus so less chance of blur.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:06 am
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My instructions might not be super simple but what you are attempting to do requires more than basic point and shoot knowledge.


First of all, I would go to an area where you don't have to use flash - in other words, more natural, available light.  The more light you have, the faster your shutter can repeatedly fire off shots and you might have one or two in focus better.  The flash is also "killing" this shot.


Next, you will want to take your camera off of program or the ps setting and shoot in AV or aperture priority.  I would also chose a higher ISO and a higher f-stop (like at least 5.6 or 8) to over ride a shallow Depth Of Field.  Finally, turn on your motor drive to multi-frame so that while your finger depresses the shutter, you are taking as many frames as quickly as possible for the light conditions.


By increasing your DOF, you have a better chance of getting an in-focus shot on a moving object.  It's pretty well known that the hardest moving shots to do is an object moving directly towards you or away from you. Panning (side to side) is much easier!


When you say you are "pre focusing", are you turning off your auto focus then? If not, then pre focusing will not help. Once you chose a spot that is near where baby will end up, then turn off the AF so that it locks the focus on that area.


There are other ways to attempt this shot but it might be more complex.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:10 am
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Thanks you guys- I will try your suggestions and see what I come up with :)
Posted on August 22, 2011 at 5:10 am
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This is a shot we did last year for a family portrait. It was shot with the 85 1.2L, everyone knows this lens focuses like a slug. It was shot at f/1.8 and 1/2500 (speed is your friend).


What usually happens during these situations is that the parents don't just throw their kids only once. They throw them up in the air multiple times since they seem to enjoy it so much, so we simply focus during the first initial throws, and then just shoot away.


I remember that the dad probably threw her around 10-20 times into the air so we did not even have to ask him "Can you do it one more time?" We probably have around 30-40 shots and picked one.


-Tammy


This is a shot photo 3109190-1

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:27 am
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memoire - AWESOME photo! :)

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

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