Yesterday I found something interesting about baby photography. I've got ideas to post this entry and dedicated it to my friends out there who got their first newborn baby. Just check this out, guys!
Baby photography can be the most challenging and rewarding portraits to take, but it can also be the most frustrating. Babies tend to sleep, eat and cry a lot and won't pose in front of the camera but don't let that put you off photographing them.
Creating the perfect baby portrait, when done right, will certainly be rewarding. Another great thing about taking baby pictures is that sometimes the baby will turn and follow your movements, and sometimes they won't.
You have to change angles, move to their side, stand up, sit down, lay down and shoot upward. Without having a background in modeling, no matter how expert or pro of a photographer, you can't always anticipate how the final picture is going to turn out. In the other words, the average person doesn't see many examples of cute baby pictures.
Tips for baby photography:
- Search a better desired lighting, not to use flash.
- Wait until the baby is clean and calm.
- Use center weighted-average metering and focus on the people.
- Critical low light condition, use a bounce flash rather than direct flash.
- Check your camera's LCD to avoid shadows, if you use flash.
- Babies are quite unpredictable in their behavior and motion blur can spoil the image. Adjust your camera's ISO and a big aperture setting provides sufficient light to freeze the moment while hand-holding the camera.
- Move around to check out all the camera angles.
- Go for the miniature proportions of the baby, e.g tiny feet and the tiny fingers. This is emphasized by comparing it to the proportions of the hand of the father and mother.
- Don't ever handle a baby without parent consent. Most parents will be very protective and won't react well to stranger lifting the infant.
- Ready with toys to amuse the infants, make funny sound/noises, call baby's name. All this is to get the baby intention! Need a lot of patient to snap a picture.
- Avoid backgrounds that are particular bright, a light color background will work best.
- Watch out for the fingers, fingers in the mouth can be attractive but on most occasions they will obscure the face.
- The best time for baby photography is always morning. When scheduling the photography session, take into the consideration of your child's nap times.
- Make sure you get their eye sharp. Avoid red eyes.
- Blurred backgrounds work really well with babies, use a long lens with a big aperture, or do it a image editing software.