The call has come to take some snaps of my gf's friend’s baby (new born) (well a couple of weeks old anyways).
Any tips and advice for baby photography would be appreciated.
1) go for a soft look, but always focus on the eyes and them frame the picture from there
2) natural lighting is best or very subtle flash that has been bounced
3) least shadows on the face as possible
4) take care on the pose and that depends on the baby's age
5) get the baby's attention and try and get them to look at the camera
6) try different angles/perspective and body poses
7) use max for max background blurring
8) use higher if u cant shoot faster than 1/120 ish with max - also use a if the baby is in a cot
9) make the background as boring as u can, not bright, and doesnt reflect
10) 100% face crops are pretty popular
11) if there's a rear wall, try not to cast any shadows onto it when using a flash
that's all i can think about for now
12) use spot(or on the face)
13) use spot focus, also on the face (eyes)
14) always shoot to adjust lighting and WB later
15) some good shots always comes up when parents are holding the baby in a loving pose
16) comparing baby v adult body parts is pretty popular (ie size of hands/feet)
17) use relevant props but don't overdo it (large clothes on a small kid looks cool)
18) getting a good expression is the key, apart from the technical side of the shot
yes, i'm bored and there's nothing to do at 3am
19) use the best portraitu have for the best perspective and least distortion... around 50mm for DSLR crop bodies.
for processing post-shot
1) don't add too much contrast (or any at all)
2) don't sharpen too much
3) don't saturate the colours
4) work on editing the face and eyes
5) 1/3 a overexposed is sometimes nice, but photos underexposed are definately not a good thing with baby shots
6) extra gaussian blur to the background is effective also
7) close face crops are nice (but leave some room for printing and framing)
..... i'm still bored
just like shooting animals... take a LOT of photos.
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Hey thanks Methd, I reckon you covered every aspect of baby photography with your post. I owe you one buddy And get some sleep will ya
I'll let you guys now how it goes and hope the parent’s dont mind me posting a couple of pics for demonstration.
@peakey, I guess we are all monkeys ah lol.
I'll vote for taking lots of fotoz
lots of obscure angles
if you are shooting very close to the birth, ie within a couple of hours, high ....1600+ and no flash, looks really grainy but can turn out really awesome.
film kodak TMAX 3200 B/W is reall good for this!
thats about all i can think of for the moment
I will see if i can scan a shot of the B/W in and post it up (pending permission from my sis... long story)... using fast film means that you can shoot without a flash... I will see what I can do and post some examples
And lastly don't show fear....look em directly in the eyes and for Gods sake don't show fear...they sense that you know....and then its all over!!
I'll be interested in seeing some of the photos if the parents are happy for you to share them.
Craigus & I are expecting #2 in June, so this thread is helpful for us too.
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Permission denied with a big <comments deleted as there are young ones>. I can't just get a no answer from her i get an argument.
Blow that now more free fotos for her... the cow can pay for any more shots that I do.
But here is a link to a friends Gallery, there is a couple of shots of newborns, using Tmax 3200 B&W...notice the grain.
He was the one who gave me the ideas for when I shot my sisters bub.
for newborns & before the bub can sit, a beanbag covered in a nice blanket work well cause you can mold them into shape to hold the baby in different ways.
Umm...Don't make em cry!!
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Damn, I actually forgot about this post. My gf's friends baby is all ready for a shoot on the coming weekend.
I'll post up some picks if its OK with mum
Thanks to everyone for all the sound advice and tips