Newborn Photography For The Beginner

Newborn Photography For The Beginner

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.

Photographing Babies and Children

Getting the Perfect Shot: Photographing Babies and Children

One of the most interesting and difficult subjects to photograph are newborns, infants and children.  You don’t necessarily need the most expensive equipment to get a good photograph.  In the case of newborns you don’t need any complicated props, you can pose the baby and get some incredibly clever shots. Babies, understandably so are some of the most photographed subjects in the world.

Newborns are beautiful naturally and almost every action they take can be a pose, you want find a more photogenic subject.  Photographing babies, isn’t easy, you’re going to have to have a ton of patience while being ready to grab the shot at any time.

Here are some tips for getting the perfect shot when photographing babies and children.

Be Prepared Well Ahead of Time

If you plan on using props or blankets or anything like that for your photo shoot, get them prepared well in advance. Plan ahead and ensure you keep your baby occupied or asleep to make this easier. Most car seats for toddlers will allow you to comfortably leave your baby till the very last second, giving you or the photographer plenty of time to prepare, so where possible, bring your car seat in with you.  Once you have everything else set up, then and only then should you take the baby out of their cars eat to put them into the pose you want.  Don’t be surprised if you spend a fair amount of time waiting for your newborn to fall asleep for some of the poses you may want.

Red Eye

Even when taking pics of children, red eye can still be a problem.  Using natural light and avoiding the flash can help with avoiding red eye in your pictures.  If you have windows nearby that allow in plenty of natural light, then take advantage of that.  Worst case scenario, you can remove red eye after the fact with tools like Adobe Photoshop.

Children Move…A LOT

Children move around a lot and toddlers can be slippery little things, they can be halfway across the room the minute you take your eyes off the.  If you aren’t careful you can have blurring in your pictures, particularly if the lighting is too low.  You can avoid this by adjusting your shutter speed, using a high ISO speed camera and increasing the aperture.  Needless to say a good DSLR camera with adjustable settings is a must.

The Background

You really need to just keep it simple and let the children be the center of the photograph.  If you want the baby to be the center of the photograph, remove dark objects from the picture, they distract.  Get the shot as close to the baby as you can.  Keep the color palette in the photos pretty simple.  Focus your shot on the face of the child and keep the light soft and natural.  DO NOT put your newborn under direct sunlight for the sake of getting a picture.