Tips for Taking Newborn Photographs – 10 Tricks of the Trade
We found some wonderful newborn photography information provided by SLR Lounge dot com, and one of their bloggers, Hanssie. http://ift.tt/2mrvuS5
We’ll add our opinions in along the way but Hanssie did a really great job for the most part as she is really in to newborn photos.
So, let’s get started with the ten tips you need to know for getting the most awesome newborn pictures you ever imagined.
Newborn photography can seem like a scary field of photography. It’s one thing to photograph landscapes or pose adults who take instruction, but working with something as fragile and unpredictable as a newborn baby can bring out the anxiety in even the most seasoned photographer. Here are a few newborn and baby photography tips to get you started.
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Tip Number One. Safety Comes First!
Safety should always come first when it comes to newborn and baby photography. The list can get quite extensive for tips on newborn safety, but in general, use your common sense. Never bring in any hard or sharp objects as props. Never place your newborn on high or unsteady surfaces without a spotter. And realize that some of your favorite photos of newborns are actually composites.
Focus on Personal Elements and Creativity:
Introducing personal elements is part of what makes some of these creative props for newborns so great. However, guitars aren’t the most stable surfaces for newborns so a spotter is enlisted. With the camera on a tripod, the composition of the image does not shift.
With a little Photoshop magic, the images are merged and you have the composite image that you see in the first picture.
As previously mentioned in the video, the newborn’s safety needs to come before anything else, Period!
So any time you see a picture of a baby hanging from a branch or resting on a basketball or in any other precarious position, understand that the images should not be attempted without proper safety and composite techniques for newborn photography.
TIP number 2.
DON’T FOCUS ON THE Camera GEAR FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
You should be able to get amazing newborn and baby photography results with almost any camera and lens if you simply learn the proper lighting, creativity, and camera angles for newborn photography.
Though a professional camera like a Canon 5K Mark three, a full frame camera, will give you better overall image quality than an advanced point and shoot camera like a Sony NEX, a camera like the Sony NEX will likely be sufficient for capturing great images of newborns.
TIP number three. KEEP YOUR NEWBORN baby COMFORTABLE
In newborn photography, you are generally going for two looks, peacefully sleeping or awake and happy. If the baby is uncomfortable, you run the risk of him or her being fussy, potentially crying, and overall causing a difficult time for everyone involved in the shoot. Consider wearing gloves if your hands are cold. Use Heating pads, and consider space heaters if the room is not nice and warm.
TIP number four. SELECT THE RIGHT TIMEFRAME FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
Your magic window for Newborn Photography is within the first 14 days of birth. Newborns are easiest to work with during this time because they are sleeping for most of the day. They are also the most easy to adjust during this time-frame. Consider taking your baby’s photos after his or her umbilical cord has fallen off (which is typically after 5 days or so).
TIP number five.
GET YOUR BASIC POSES Setup FIRST FOR your NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY sessions
Being creative is a large part of being a newborn photographer, but so is making sure you get the basic, must-have shots. You should always start with the basics and move towards the more advanced photos just in case the baby gets too fussy and you have to call off the shoot. Below are some of the basic shots you should get before introducing complex, time-consuming, and difficult photographs.