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Sep 25, 2014 08:23 |  #1

So I am not very good at this type of photography, but fortunatly I have the equipment and time to get better and do our own shots. I just need some help / CC to get some creativity in my photos, here is last nights attempt.

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Sep 25, 2014 08:29 |  #2

Actually your light is not too bad for indoors, white balance is a bit off. Using the T-shirt is making this awkward IMO. If you want to do a sports theme then I would try something other than the T-shirt, or have it on something other than the carpet.

google "baby sports portraits" to see what I mean. Just don't place him with any Tom Brady swag unless he's crying. :)




  
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Sep 25, 2014 08:56 |  #3

WhidbeyHiker wrote in post #17176744 (external link)
Actually your light is not too bad for indoors, white balance is a bit off. Using the T-shirt is making this awkward IMO. If you want to do a sports theme then I would try something other than the T-shirt, or have it on something other than the carpet.

google "baby sports portraits" to see what I mean. Just don't place him with any Tom Brady swag unless he's crying. :)

The white balance might be my monitor here at work... I have a dual setup and both are different, I need to check it on my proper setup at home. Yeah after i shot them and edited them I thought to myself these need another dimension... Ill work on that. baby photography is stressful not sure how you guys handle it.




  
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Sep 25, 2014 09:06 |  #4

Judging by the hard shadows below the baby it appears that you are using an on-camera flash. You would get significantly better results by using off-camera flash and a basic light monitor. You will also get softer shadows by bouncing your flash off a nearby wall to create soft, directional light.


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Sep 25, 2014 09:09 |  #5

PixelMagic wrote in post #17176815 (external link)
Judging by the hard shadows below the baby it appears that you are using an on-camera flash. You would get significantly better results by using off-camera flash and a basic light monitor. You will also get softer shadows by bouncing your flash off a nearby wall to create soft, directional light.

I did use the camera off flash with a gel diffuser... I had the one with the shadows a little hot I think 1/4 power. I am looking into getting a stand and umbrella just for baby/ family photos, this is not something I want to seek out professionally.

I wanted to bounce it but it was a big room, how far does "bouncing" work (as you can tell I could use a studio lighting class)?

*edit* I see the shadows in all of them under him... Will an umbrella and stand help with this? should I get a second flash to fill underneath?

I guess that he is laying on the background doesnt help... if he were a couple feet away it wouldnt be so bad.




  
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Sep 25, 2014 09:19 |  #6

Forget the diffuser. Set your camera in manual mode with the shutter speed at x-sync or lower(1/125 will give you a balance between ambient light and flash). Watch the exposure meter in the camera and adjust the aperture until the indicator is about one notch below the middle marker.

Now rotate your flash head to aim a nearby wall; you will get the best results by aiming the flash head at the intersection of the wall and ceiling. Set the flash to manual power at 1/4 power, fire a test shot, and repeat and adjust flash power as needed until you get the correct exposure.

You'd be surprised how effective flashes are in even very large rooms.

Here's a website that will teach you a lot about flash photography: navigate the tutorials by clicking the link at the top of each page: http://neilvn.com …h-photography-techniques/ (external link)


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Sep 25, 2014 10:35 |  #7

Congrats! Mine is four months old now, and we have been doing monthly photos- you can see some of them on my website in my signature. I've been using an off camera flash with an umbrella on a light stand- very basic off camera setup, and it's been working. It will get easier as he gets bigger- he will be able to hold his head up, so posing will be easier. He will also start moving more, so you will have less time to get the shot!

When they are that young, try using someone or something to help with posing- you can drape the jersey, a blanket or sheet over mom, and she can support the baby from below. We also used the boppy to help support him as well.




  
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Sep 25, 2014 13:01 |  #8

Use a sliding glass door or big windows to light your subject for a more natural & pleasing light & colors. Turn the baby towards the camera- everyone wants to see their sweet little face.
Hang the shirt up for a backdrop, put the baby on a beanbag or pile of folded towels & add a small bat & Phillies cap. Good luck !

Here is one I did for an Deputy Sheriff's newborn son.


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Sep 26, 2014 07:52 |  #9

Maureen, that is very nice.




  
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Sep 26, 2014 08:28 |  #10

Some things I do when shooting my kids / peoples kids.....I usually tend to "soften the skin" a little, and try to keep the picture with a "softer" look, keeping the sharper focus on areas like the eyes.....Keep in mind I am not a "pro" by any means. This is one I did for a co-worker, I wished I would have had the shutter speed a bit higher when shooting that day but this one was one of my favorites.

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Sep 26, 2014 10:30 |  #11

Gonna throw out a few things that might help. First and formost, get the baby looking in your general direction (which really means you move to whatever the direction the baby is facing). The photos are good documentary photos of what the baby looks like, but there is no realy connection since the youngster is looking in a completely different direction to where you are at.
Taking shots of kids is about waiting for those little moments that you see their eyes, they don't have to be looking at the camera even, but the eyes being open is key. Or like the photo above with the deputies items, you can have the eyes closed, but the lens is looking right at the little one.
If you want to use the Phillies jersey, make it cover the baby or as others have suggested, make it the back drop.
I am not going to slight you for the diaper, but it is not something I would want in the photos. Either crop it so you don't see it, or better yet, put some cute clothes on the new addition. It just makes for a better image without the diaper in the mix.
I am not a baby pro, so take it all with a big ol' grain of salt, but you definitely have a cute little model who is gonna grow up before you know it. Make sure to get all the pictures you can because when they grow up, they will not want to have anything to do with you. (Mine are all young men now and I am lucky if they even want to be seen with the old man. LOL)


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Sep 26, 2014 11:10 |  #12

Dont skin soften or overly manipulate the eyes on kids/babies. If you have to manipulate a child's skin you are doing something wrong.




  
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Sep 26, 2014 12:08 |  #13

Thank you all great pointers/ tips. Gonzogolf, I agree with you, the only thing I did was warm up the picture a bit




  
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Sep 26, 2014 13:17 |  #14

gonzogolf wrote in post #17178868 (external link)
Dont skin soften or overly manipulate the eyes on kids/babies. If you have to manipulate a child's skin you are doing something wrong.

How is it doing something wrong? To slightly soften the skin and sharpen the eyes?


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Sep 26, 2014 13:19 |  #15

This is one that I did nothing to the skin and just added a bit of clarity to the eyes......I just would like to understand how this is "wrong"....I think that everyone has a different approach and nothing is really "wrong"....just help me to understand your comment.

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