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Taking the Perfect Picture of Your Kid

From the day your child is born, each moment is so precious and fleeting. You want to document every sweet age and stage, from the first time you lay eyes on her to the first day of school. But getting those great photos can be elusive.
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Get Focused. Before snapping, hold the shutter button halfway down so the camera pre-focuses on subjects. Cutting lag times, this practice can sharpen image clarity and prevent motion blur, explains Joshua Goldman, senior editor of digital imaging at CNET. "This is especially useful when photographing kids who can turn into human pinballs."

Try Panning. Moving the camera left to right to follow hyperkinetic tots can produce arresting shots that freeze children in focus against a blurred background, says Katrin Eismann, coauthor of Real World Digital Photography.