Keep your camera in manual mode when you are shooting families so you have the most control over the shots. A low ISO is always a good choice as it allows for higher quality photos. A good base is ISO 400 – or somewhere between ISO 100 and ISO 400. If you are shooting in an area with low light, kick up to high ISO.
Use a telephoto lens (70-100mm) for portraits. So you can get great close-up shots of kids, babies, and even pets without having to get in close. This can capture powerful emotions. When shooting outdoors, a 135mm lens works great, while indoors, a 50mm or 85mm lens works well.
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