Photography is more than just the mere taking of pictures. It is an art or it can be considered a science. Different people are finding a new outlook through the lens of a camera and new beginnings in the sense of newborn photography. The demand for pictures of precious little ones is on the rise, thus for an amateur or beginner venturing into newborn photography.
Newborn photography for the beginner :
1. Age of the Newborn
This is an overlooked or sometimes an area not given enough thought by beginners. Although we shall dive into the technical aspects of photography, this should not be ignored. The best time to take pictures of newborns is below 4 weeks. This is because as the baby grows, it becomes more active or wriggly, thus taking those perfect still sleeping shots is more difficult.
2. The photography equipment
Picasso was an ordinary man that is until you gave him the right equipment (Paint and brush). Although taking your first shots will not lead them to instantly becoming works of perfection, having the right equipment can go a long way in producing quality work. Half of the story is finding the right camera.
Newborn photos can be taken by basic cameras but in order to get the crisp quality and professional results, investing in a good name brand camera is a must. A popular brand is a Canon camera. The other half of the story is the lens. The best lenses for portraits are 50/85mm lenses. In addition, a zoom lens is also needed for that close up picture of feet, nose or hands.
3. Set a scene and location
The best way to be successful is through preparation. Set the scene before shooting and incorporate as much natural lighting as possible. Try to create an environment with rich colors using blankets but do not go over board with the props as the baby is supposed to be the star. Simple shots in a baby carseat work well too.
Another factor to consider is the temperature. Nobody likes the cold and babies are even more sensitive. If possible shot when it’s warm or control the temperature in the room with the air/conditioner.
4. Test shoot and baby feeding
Take a few shots before adding the baby to ensure that the lighting is perfect as well as the proper settings on the camera has been made. This goes a long way in reducing editing time by controlling the exposure and color balance. In the meantime, this is also a perfect time to feed the baby as a full and happy newborn is much easier to shoot than a hungry and grumpy one. Here is a video with more tips for newborn photography.
Newborn photography for the beginner isn’t hard to master, just follow these simple tips and you will be taking beautiful shots in no time.