Alex Goh is an EOS World Community Ambassador who is passionate about architecture, event and street photography. He believes that a great photo goes beyond equipment and technicalities. He first started out photography in 2000 with his Canon PowerShot camera. However, in 2015, he was on a mission to capture amazing family photos to treasure as memories due to his father’s medical condition. This was when his passion for photography grew exponentially. In addition, his wins at photo competitions have also motivated him to work harder to capture better shots. This Father’s Day, Alex shares his experiences capturing photos of his beloved daughter and some tips on photographing young ones in motion.
EOS World Community Ambassador, Alex Goh
Since the arrival of my daughter a few years ago, I have developed a keen interest in taking photos of kids – mine and others. The shot below was taken on the day of my daughters delivery.
Canon EOS 6D | 1/60 / F12 / ISO 250
Seize All Opportunities
I take almost 5000 photos of my daughter per year and this is one of my favourite impromptu shots of her at home. My girl had just taken her bath and the moment was perfect with her emotions, lighting and her shirt over her head like a hood. I was lucky to have captured the light in her bright eyes without using any flash.
One key learning from my experiences shooting at events is to always try to anticipate the emotions and movements of your kid. After that, choose the right position for the shot and start shooting. It is key to keep practising so that you get better with time. I often try to shoot in Shutter or Manual mode with a sufficiently fast shutter speed (at least 1/100 if your kid is actively moving around). Be aware of the direction of natural light so that you can get in a good position to capture the right moment.
Make Your Kids/Talents Comfortable
Build a good rapport with the children that you are shooting. Sometimes it can get challenging to build a rapport with kids you are shooting due to time constraints. However, it gets better with experience. Playing with them and having fun while taking your photos can really help ease them and make them comfortable with you.
Plan Ahead For Your Shoot
I will always plan ahead and anticipate what I am going to shoot so that I bring the right gear for it. For my own child, I get to choose what I want to focus on in the shoot. I will plan my gear based on where I will be going with my kid. For event photography that involves kids, I will ask the client what they want to focus on (e.g. grandparents and child) and if they have any preference (e.g. no flash allowed). I will also plan my gear based on the context of the event.
Choosing The Right Gear and Settings
When I am shooting at an event with kids, I tend to use a dual camera setup such as the Canon 5D or Canon 6D series to ensure that all moments are captured. I will typically carry a Canon EF16-35mm F/4L IS USM, Canon EF24-70mm F/2.8L II USM and a fast prime. I love to capture happy emotions and interaction of people with kids at events.
Canon EOS 6D | 1/80 / F1.6 / ISO 320
When I am shooting my own daughter, I tend to carry the lightest setup possible such as the Canon EOS 6D Mark II with Canon EF16-35mm F/2.8L III USM. An ultra-wide-angle zoom offers better flexibility to capture kids who might be running around. The F2.8 of the lens allows the faster shutter speed to capture the movements of the kid.
I tend to shoot with Shutter priority or Manual mode with either AI focus/servo mode. With newer cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II, I have better confidence to shoot via live-view for those situations where optical viewfinder may not be feasible to use.
For my architecture and street photography photos, I love using symmetry and the use of special gears like a fisheye lens.
To view more of Alex’s stunning work, please visit https://alexg.smugmug.