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Sep 12, 2011 15:40 |  #1

Hello fellow photogs! I wasn't quite sure where to post this, and seeing that a lot of the community looks in here I thought I'd start here.

My wife is expecting our second child mid-October. At our son's birth we didn't get all that many photos during the whole process at the hospital, and my wife is pretty bummed about that and she's not letting me off the hook for this one.

She doesn't feel comfortable having another photographer in there with us so I get to do all the shooting.....and I have never done something like this before. So I come seeking the help of those that have done a labor/delivery shoot before, whether it be for a client or your own family.

Any suggestions on how to go about taking photos of the event would be helpful. I would prefer to not use a flash at all and plan on shooting with my 50mm 1.4 and boost the ISO to avoid that. Hopefully overall lighting cooperates a little bit as well.

Thanks to any and all that respond! I love seeking the advice of those that have done this before and find it extremely useful.


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Sep 12, 2011 21:55 |  #2

Well congrats for the upcoming shoot, but I think I would want a flash for non-blurred, non-noisy pictures. That is just me tho, I'd bounce some off camera flashes around the room. I have never done such a thing. I just can't image hospital room having enough light.


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Sep 12, 2011 22:44 |  #3

I'm kind of in the same boat, though I'm not sure my wife is thrilled about me taking pictures in the delivery room. If your gear list is current, then you're shooing a 50D. I'm shooting a 7D, which means we're both going to have the same issues with focal lengths. I was thinking of buying, renting or somehow acquiring a wider prime, like the Sigma 30 1.4.

And by cranking up the ISO and dealing with the noise, you can get some nice images. Check these great, moving images from TheHoff:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=921329

Good luck with your delivery and your shooting.


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Sep 12, 2011 23:46 |  #4

wolfden wrote in post #13093571 (external link)
I just can't image hospital room having enough light.

I think you need more imagination.

A hospital delivery room is going to be lit MUCH brighter than your living room. Today's cameras do very well at ISO 3200. You won't even need a f/1.4 lens. Take a normal zoom lens like maybe a 24-70 f/2.8 and it will do fine without flash.

I love adding my own light. But in this scenario, I think utilizing available light will minimize distractions for both mother and medical staff.

This was shot at ISO 3200. Her mother ordered a bunch of prints and I have a 8 1/2 x 11 hanging in my studio.

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Sep 13, 2011 00:15 |  #5

Curtis N wrote in post #13094251 (external link)
I think you need more imagination.

A hospital delivery room is going to be lit MUCH brighter than your living room. Today's cameras do very well at ISO 3200. You won't even need a f/1.4 lens. Take a normal zoom lens like maybe a 24-70 f/2.8 and it will do fine without flash.

In parts here, they just do the birth in the normal rooms which are terrible lighting so I suppose it depends on the facility.


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Sep 13, 2011 03:18 as a reply to  @ wolfden's post |  #6

This may be off the wall but any chance of visiting a room prior if they are not to to busy. I know you don't know time a day you will have your delivery but you could close shades using available room lighting. Maybe get chance to see what your up against. I agree with others don't be afraid to push iso to get the shot.


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Sep 13, 2011 08:29 |  #7

Thanks for the responses. They are all great.

I may try what cppr85 suggested and visit a room prior to everything and play with the shades opened and closed, etc. That could at least give me an idea of what im up against.

One i reason I don't really want to use the flash is to not disturb the staff mainly, but I also don't think a newborn baby is going to want strobes going off in their face.

I think a wider prime would also be good, but renting one without knowing really when the baby comes makes it a little more tricky. I guess i could rent one something like 2 weeks before we think she'll come and hope that works.


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Sep 13, 2011 10:25 |  #8

^ The other option on the lens is to buy used and sell after the baby is born. You should break even on the price of the lens and it will just cost you shipping and PP fees. Probably a lot less then renting.

Hmmm... maybe I should take my own advice before posting this...


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Sep 13, 2011 20:17 |  #9

^thats good thinking. Would anyone have any recommendations on a lens? I've been looking at the Canon 28mm prime as an option. Any other suggestions (lens or otherwise)?


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