While I like to shoot candid pictures, especially of kids, I sometimes have to ask them to pose for me. Not really pose, but just to be in a place long enough for me to click a shot. Here is what I do when I have to take such a picture. Depending on the mode I am using, I do the required settings; half press the shutter release (since I don't use a DLSR) and then ask the kids to pose. The best shots are the ones when they are just about to pose and when they have posed long enough and are resuming back to their natural selves, like this one. Here they have stopped looking at the camera and are back to their mischiefs.