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Photographing Children
Jack Reznicki
with Jack Reznicki
Capturing the personality of a child in a photo is challenging. A photographer has a limited amount of time to find what it is about that child that will make a great photo. Some k... READ MORE
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lessons: 14 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 9min
published: 2011
watched: 1547 Member Views
Photographing Children
with Jack Reznicki
Capturing the personality of a child in a photo is challenging. A photographer has a limited amount of time to find what it is about that child that will make a great photo. Some kids are shy and some are outgoing. The trick is to take what they offer and be ready for the unexpected. Photographer Jack Reznicki goes through a series of portrait sessions with children, ranging in age from infant to toddler, to preteen. Jack's rules for children are simple: The first rule is to have fun. The second rule is to be flexible. The third rule is to throw out all the rules. Join Jack for some great instruction and tips for photographing children. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Jack talks about the challenges of photographing kids and talks about a few of the methods he uses.

6min, 20sec
lesson 2: Baby Wrangler

A photographer has to have an assistant there just to keep the attention of the children.

9min, 10sec
lesson 3: Second Baby Shoot

A second baby comes on set and Jack works behind the camera to get some shots.

3min, 6sec
lesson 4: Third Baby

Jack and his assistant work to get smiling shots of a third infant.

3min, 43sec
lesson 5: Serious Toddler

Jack has to take what the subject gives him in this example.

4min, 55sec
lesson 6: Patience

Sometimes the photographer has to wait it out and let the child get into its comfort zone.

6min, 6sec
lesson 7: More Bubbles

Bubble machines and Cheerios are tools of the trade.

4min, 3sec
lesson 8: Two Girls
4min, 3sec
lesson 9: Rock Star

Jack starts his next subject off with a microphone.

5min, 17sec
lesson 10: Pizza Pie and Cheeseburgers

Jack gets the facial expressions he wants by getting the child to repeat after him.

3min, 47sec
lesson 11: Facial Expressions

Experimenting with some different facial expressions.

6min, 5sec
lesson 12: Solid Colored Tshirts

Any kind of brand or logo on the child's clothing is distracting to the eye.

6min, 15sec
lesson 13: Just Hanging Out

Jack works with a 10-year-old boy in this lesson.

4min, 38sec
lesson 14: Conclusion

Jack wraps things up and emphasizes some of the important points.

2min, 2sec
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Jack Reznicki
meet  Jack Reznicki
NYC-Based Commercial Children's Photographer
Jack Reznicki is a commercial photographer specializing in people and children. His creative problem solving has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Tylenol, The Wall Street Journal, Hyatt, Toys "R" Us, Kodak, Reader's Digest, Crest, AT&T, Playtex, and Time Magazine. Jack is the author of several books on commercial photography including Studio and Commercial Photography - A Kodak Pro Workshop.
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