I took this picture right when the kids were clearing up and leaving. He was climbing down the castle and reaching for the next step that was too far down. I cropped the picture so that he wouldn’t look like his hands were kissing the edge of the frame. When I was taking this picture I also got low onto the same level as him.
Playing with eye contact
He was positioned so that the sunlight was directly on him. This created a warm feeling, I accentuated this cozy feeling by adjusting the white balance of the picture, to make it a slight bit warmer. I also cropped the picture so that his eye would be on the rule of thirds line.
Experimenting with light
The kids were playing in the sandbox, sunlight was shining through the window casting a bright glow on the dust in the air, creating a dreamy effect. It took multiple shots to get level with the sandbox to capture the perspective of the kids. One of their hands is also in the light as if they are interacting with it, which during the editing process I found was interesting.
I shot this picture after the children were putting away their carts. This picture also worked well with the freezing action. It captured the playfulness of the pre-school children. The light in the picture also created a nice contrast.
Break the rules of composition
Instead of centering the boy in the middle of the frame, I chose a different way and used the dinosaur as the subject. The boy’s arm also creates leading lines, directing the focus from the dinosaur to his face. The blinds were also down when this picture was taken, making the lights red.
The blue background though simplistic, complimented the colorful rings, and made the children standout. The three people in the picture demonstrates the rule of odds. Their variety of gestures and facial expression make the viewer wonder.
The child’s expression captures both his innocence and the peacefulness of the setting. The darker background and the sunlight on his cloths create a variety of colors. Both his eyes are also illuminated by the sunlight, centered at the top third drawing the viewers attention.
Change the format framing
The movement in this picture is interesting — the swinging of his arms, and the freezing action. I shot this picture in portrait to capture all of the motion. I also had to get low, so the lens would be eye level with him.
Filling the frame
During the editing process I cropped this picture so that it was very close and intimate with the audience, which filled the frame. The difference between light and dark is subtle from the right side to the left side.
His facial expression was really interesting. I put my aperture to f1.8 to create a extremely shallow depth of field, only this eye is in focus. The white background also created a good simplicity to the picture. Since what he is looking at is beyond the lens, and he is holding something, it makes the audience wonder.