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Old 23rd of July 2007 (Mon)   #1
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Default Any suggestions on shooting a new born ?

Any suggestions ? Comments ? Details, angles ? Anything ?

I already figured NO flash, thats a given. And I know he won't be posing for me either
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Old 23rd of July 2007 (Mon)   #2
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Jeez. I would at least wait until it's a toddler so it has a fighting chance to run away...
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Old 23rd of July 2007 (Mon)   #3
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, hey this is when they can't complain though so its better. Well I guess they can cry, so thats probably complaining.
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Old 23rd of July 2007 (Mon)   #4
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Default Re: Any suggestions on shooting a new born ?

Newborns are pretty easy since they spend most of their time asleep. Try sleeping poses on the tummy or on their side. A lot of newborn photography is done on solid backgrounds- black, white, gray. You can also use a parent to hold the baby while you shoot it. (That does not sound right, but you know what I mean.)

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Any suggestions ? Comments ? Details, angles ? Anything ?

I already figured NO flash, thats a given. And I know he won't be posing for me either
In my experience, newborns don't mind flash too much.
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You can also use a parent to hold the baby while you shoot it. (That does not sound right, but you know what I mean.)
that had me rolling, LOL!

when i think of photographing new borns, for some reason shallow depth of field always comes to mind. perhaps it's the softness that lures me to it. if i were doing the photographing, i would probably experiment with artsy, shallow DOF shots. idk, haha
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Pretty bad, huh?
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Old 23rd of July 2007 (Mon)   #8
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Ask the parents to wear long sleeved black shirts/tops and black pants, and shoot the baby and parents in B&W. I've seen a number of shoots with a naked baby in the parent's arms and they were all quite wonderful.
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Old 24th of July 2007 (Tue)   #9
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lol thanks for making me laugh. Good tips, very good tips specially on the long sleeves. Keep them coming if you think of more, I just did not want to use flash due to the effects.
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lol thanks for making me laugh. Good tips, very good tips specially on the long sleeves. Keep them coming if you think of more, I just did not want to use flash due to the effects.
What "effects" do you feel would be bad?

If you bounce most of the light from the flash off a nearby white wall or ceiling or even a large white reflector held by an assistant, you can have controlled lighting that will greatly enhance an image. Of course, you would need to think out the lighting and decide which way it should come from before setting up the bounce.
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What "effects" do you feel would be bad?

If you bounce most of the light from the flash off a nearby white wall or ceiling or even a large white reflector held by an assistant, you can have controlled lighting that will greatly enhance an image. Of course, you would need to think out the lighting and decide which way it should come from before setting up the bounce.
Don't think I can bounce anything off a wall with the flash thats on the 350, or can you ?
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Default Re: Any suggestions on shooting a new born ?

I recently faced the same challenge and found it very difficult. The little fella I was photographing was far from asleep and wriggled like crazy. It was really gloomy outside so I had to bounce some flash to get enough light. I also found it very difficult to frame baby with such a limited amount of space to move in.

With hindsight I would do the following...

1. Shoot in the middle of the afternoon if possible and use the light from a window that is not in direct sunlight.

2. Ask the parents to dress baby in white or light coloured clothes.

3. Use a small fold up table to put baby on so that you're not restricted so much by the space available in the room.

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Don't think I can bounce anything off a wall with the flash thats on the 350, or can you ?
You couldn't do that with the built-in flash, but who in their right mind uses a built-in flash for people shots?

I would strongly suggest your looking into a Canon 430EX Speedlite. They are very flexible - you can point the head virtually anywhere.
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So I took a few shots yesterday, nothing to fancy really. We are going to set something up to get in more light.

I had a question though which I will ask here, and make a new topic. When shooting in low light, and you're shooting a motion pic, baby moves all the time when he is not sleeping. How do you go about capturing the pic ? It can't be done with out a flash right ?

I set the camera to auto and it was getting good pics with the shutter at 1/60, yet I don't think I was able to use that fast of a shutter with the flash. I believe I asked this before but what else does auto change to shoot in low light ?

Is there anyway to go about capturing the pic in a not so lite area ? Pretty much going to have to use flash correct ? I did use a tripod but with the baby moving so much it did not help.
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Don't lead them as much as you would an adult...they aren't as fast.

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