How To Photograph Children That Are Aware Of The Camera?

  • Mr. Yuen Kok-Leng, A.R.P.S. of Malaysia often uses the verandah of a house to take close-up portraits of Indian and Malay children. In countries where the sunlight is strong and steep, it is sometimes difficult to get pleasing half-tones and Mr. Kok-Leng uses light reflected from the ground and walls to achieve delightful portraits with beautiful modeling and skin texture.

  • His child subjects are aware of the camera and consequently he has to seek their co-operation with patience and understanding.

  • `I first try to make friends with children by getting to know them,' he says. He tries to win them over and finds sweets a useful aid to this purpose. Gradually he introduces the camera, allowing them to get familiar with it. After a while the children forget the camera and he begins to make some exposures. He says: 'Children will not be rushed. Treat them as equals and do not let your talk be patronizing. Get them to do something and join in their games.'

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