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Top tips on photographing that all important first day at school photo

Blog post   •  Aug 26, 2016 17:06 BST

It's almost September, the month that marks the end of the summer holidays and sees the start of a new school year. If your little one is heading off to school for the very first time, it can be a particularly emotional week.To help you capture this momentous occasion, here are five ways to take a great picture on your child’s first day:

1. Tell a story

In addition to the posed shot with the new uniform, pristine hair and shiny new shoes, take some shots of them getting ready so you can build up a whole picture of the morning. Long zoom cameras will help to capture these candid shots, allowing you to fade into the background and remove yourself from the action to capture them at their natural state.

2. Take one the next day

Take a photo on the morning of the second day when they’re possibly not quite so keen to get to school!Have some fun comparing the two shots!

3. Focus on the detail

If you’re feeling arty, cameras such as Panasonic’s TZ100 will add an extra dimension to your photography with its Post Focus feature. Post Focus allows you to choose the focal point of any picture, even after it’s taken.Simply capture the shot, review the image (at a more peaceful time after the children have gone to school!) and touch the part of the photo you’d like to be pin sharp. By focusing on an intricate detail - such as your child clutching their lunchbox or their big sisters hand for support as they leave the house -you’ll really capture the emotions of the day.

4. Compare and contrast

Take photos on the first and last day of the school term and display them side-by-side for a heart-wrenching impact.Don’t forget to take a photo every year to commemorate the milestones – and keep track of how quickly your little one is growing up!

5. Share

Once you’ve captured your prized photo, there’s no doubt you’ll want to share it with family and friends quickly and simply.Cameras such as the TZ100 combine WiFi and QR code connectivity, making it is easy to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet, allowing you to post to social media almost as soon as they’ve been recorded. Picture perfect!