Equipped with a vari-angle LCD monitor that supports touch-screen operation, the D5600 is able to bring breakthroughs to your photo works. The impact is so great and this is especially noticeable in shots of children. In the following, I will explain the live view shooting effects of the D5600 which even professional photographers find amazing. (Report by Yuko Sudo)
The D5600 comes with a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, which enables you to check the image on the large screen during live view shooting. It is also equipped with a touch shutter for releasing the shutter simply by touching the screen, a handy feature that allows you to operate the camera in the same way as a smartphone. Autofocus speed was much faster than I had expected, so it is easy to photograph children who move around quickly as focus can be established quickly on the point that you touched with your finger.
When photographing a child subject, the most important reason for me to recommend the use of live view is because it allows you to converse with the child while shooting. Unlike viewfinder photography which hides your face from the child during the shoot, live view can be used while you talk to your kid face to face. This helps to prevent the child from becoming overly conscious of the camera, and you will be able to capture the best expressions.
Try to make good use of the vari-angle LCD monitor to capture shots of your child playing freely and happily. Simply add a twist to the camera angle by employing a high or low angle, and you will be able to produce shots with a composition that is different from those you have taken in the past.
Low-angle shots can now be produced easily by using the vari-angle LCD monitor. Hold the camera at the grip which provides a firm hold, and touch the screen to establish focus. The vari-angle LCD monitor comes in handy for both horizontally- and vertically-oriented photos. Autofocus can be used throughout the entire screen, so you simply need to touch the point you want to set focus on. With the vari-angle LCD monitor, you can capture shots easily and speedily.
You can choose one of the four options in the AF-area mode: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF and Subject-tracking AF. For child photography, Face-priority AF is recommended.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR/ FL: 18mm(equivalent to 27mm in FX/35mm format) / Manual exposure(f/5, 1/50 sec)/ ISO 3200/ WB: Direct sunlight
Try to capture the expressions of the child who is engrossed in making cookies with the camera placed at the waist level. Choose the vertical orientation to produce a shot with a stronger impact. Occupy a large part of the composition with the child such that the top part of her head is slightly cropped. Blurring the background as well as the cookies in the foreground allows the child to stand out in relief and adds a lively touch to the image.
To do so, move the LCD monitor to a position that eases shooting and lock it in place. Wait for the right photo opportunity as the kid becomes engrossed in her work. Once you have found the right expression, use the touch shutter to establish focus on her face. Shutter can be released the instant you touch the screen, so you will be able to capture the fleeting expressions of the child.
The room where the shoot took place was dark with insufficient light, but this was not an issue with the D5600 since it allowed me to select an ISO sensitivity of up to 25600. I raised the ISO sensitivity to 3200 in this example, but noise was almost inexistent and the soft skin tone of the child was also excellently reproduced.
When the camera is positioned at the eye level, the expressions of the child cannot be captured when she is looking down.
Here, a vertically-oriented shot is taken with the camera positioned at the waist level right in front of the child. The vari-angle LCD monitor of the D5600 makes it a cinch to compose even vertically-oriented shots.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR/ FL: 18mm (equivalent to 27mm in FX/35mm format)/ Program Auto(f/4, 1/60 sec)/ ISO 500/ WB: Direct sunlight
Next, try to make good use of low angles to take a commemorative shot of your child standing before a uniquely-shaped tree. Use the wide-angle end of a standard zoom lens and place the camera at a low position to capture a large view of the background. While this might sound like a rather challenging scenario, it can be done in a breeze with the vari-angle LCD monitor of the D5600. To make sure you capture the decisive moment, make use of the continuous shooting feature with a maximum frame advance rate of approximately 5 fps. Shots will be taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed down fully.
A convenient feature for checking the captured images quickly is the new “frame advance bar” on the D5600. With a single image shown on the screen, touching the bottom part of the LCD monitor displays a frame advance bar. Simply slide it to the left or right with the tip of your finger to jump quickly to the previous or next image. You can use this feature to help find your favourite photo.
A vertical composition is suited for portrait subjects who are standing or long subjects such as trees.
Take a photo with the camera positioned at a low level and facing upward at an angle. To avoid blur caused by camera shake, rest one of your knees on the ground and press the elbow of the arm holding the camera against your body to support it.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR/ FL: 32mm(equivalent to 48mm in FX/35mm format)/ Manual exposure(f/5.6, 1/125 sec)/ ISO 1250/ WB: Direct sunlight
Lastly, try taking a photo of your kid who is working hard on her drawing from directly above. This would require you to shoot while standing on a stepladder if you were using the viewfinder. However, with the free movement of the vari-angle LCD monitor on the D5600, downward views can be captured very easily.
To do so, stand behind the child, stretch your arms and determine the composition while looking at the image on the LCD monitor. One precaution to take is to make sure that the image is not tilted, which may cause the composition to look unstable. With the D5600, you can check for any tilt easily on the live view image of the large LCD monitor display. After the composition is fixed, simply release the shutter. Again, you can make good use of the touch shutter here.
The vari-angle LCD monitor and touch shutter form a perfect combination that is ideal for child photography. You are recommended to try out new approaches by photographing your kids from different angles.
Photographing at the waist level helps to capture the natural expressions of the subject. This is different from one taken at the eye level, which looks like a plain documentary photo. In child photography, an important point to bear in mind is to add variety to the shooting angle.
A downward view of the child taken from behind. Hold the camera firmly to prevent dropping it accidentally.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1974. She graduated from Chiba Keizai College, and worked as a freelance photographer, taking portraits of celebrities in Japan and overseas for magazines, advertisements, etc. Going by the nickname of "Smile catcher", she has written numerous books such as the photo collection of smiling children all over the world catch your smile!, and Textbook of Photos You can Use for 20 years. She has one child who was born in Kuala Lumpur in 2016, where she currently works as a photography teacher.