Children always make good photography subjects. Joseph Cheung shares some tips

WHENEVER I travel, I try to find opportunities to photograph children in their respective environments.

However, it’s not easy as children are basically shy by nature, and wary of strangers. However, there are some friendly ones who are more than willing for their photo to be taken.

Below are some ideas on how to get good shots of children.


While walking around a water village in Mabul, I saw children on boats waiting for their parents at the market in Semporna, Sabah.

Some of them took shelter under a wooden walkway which had gaps between the planks.

I made some noise to get their attention and managed to take this photo when one looked up out of curiosity. The gap between the wooden planks makes this photo more interesting.


While I was shooting this from a distance using my zoom lens, I noticed a boy walking, a ray of light behind him in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Then, I noticed a dog running towards him from behind. When it was close to the boy, I took multiple shots of them together.


This boy is enjoying his food and toys in Pulau Indah, Selangor. I had to wait for the best moment by letting the boy do his own thing. Asking him to pose would have been futile.


I observed this girl hiding and looking at strangers passing by a shop in Kathmandu, Nepal.

I waited near the shop hoping that someone would pass by. When it happened, I quickly snapped the photo as she looked at me curiously. The drawing in the foreground makes this photo more interesting.


With Thaipusam around the corner, you will have plenty of opportunities to take photos of children in Batu Caves, Selangor. The crowd will be a challenge but you need to find your way for some worthy photographs. Here is one example.

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