A trip to the seaside gives you the perfect opportunity to get some memorable shots of your children. Presented with acres of sand to run around on and rock pools to explore, they’ll be far more interested in enjoying themselves than in you taking pictures. Queue candid photoshoot! As with all outdoor portraiture, overcast conditions are better than bright overhead sunshine – except at the end of the day when the golden light in the hours leading up to sunset can be superb. You’ll also notice that the sand itself can act as a reflector, bouncing light back up on to your subjects’ faces.
The lens of choice for this type of photography is a telephoto zoom lens. We’ve got lots of options in the X Series, from the entry-level XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II to the professional XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR.
These lenses let you be an observer – standing back from the kids so you don’t influence what they are doing. This really helps get completely natural results. If you like, you can periodically call their names to try and get them to look up at you. When they do, shoot a series of pictures to capture their expressions.
Select your highest speed Continuous Shooting mode to do this as you’ll be amazed at how much an expression can change in the briefest of moments. You’ll also want to use continuous AF-C autofocus to keep your subjects sharp even when they are running around at top speed.
You can give yourself an extra advantage here by exploring your camera’s AF-C custom settings too, if it has them. We found Preset 4 (erratically moving subjects) to be particularly effective.