denise69 wrote in post #17682946
OK, so i have taken pictures for many years now!
However, Newborns always get me!
I cannot get my lighting the way that I see others do it nor can I get the poses right.
Is there anyone that is willing to show me a set up or give me some directions??
Most photographers in my area aren't willing to talk to others and share anything..
SO I am reaching out to you, my friends on POTN!
1. Babies get cold, and get fussy. You have to keep them warm.
2. Newborns up to a few weeks sleep all day, this is the only time you can pose them.
3. Once they're sleeping, you can pose them, but keep them warm. Only reveal them when it's time to take a shot. Otherwise, cold makes fussy baby.
4. Natural light can work, but most people's houses are pretty horrible for light. Take light (speedlite, softbox/umbrella).
5. Soft light makes their skin look angelic. This comes from a large, diffuse light source. Again, speedlite + softbox/umbrella.
6. Slight over-exposure of skin gives you that angelic soft look.
7. If working in variable environments, use super shallow DOF to help limit the "yuck" around houses.
8. Wide angle will distort already distorted babies. If possible, use telephoto.
9. Flash can be gel'd to give color. This is easier to carry than backdrops. Now you can use their own white sheets if needed.
10. Composition is important, faces are important, little hands & feet are important.
One of the biggest things to elevate newborn photos is to incorporate lighting. This way you can control it, block out the bad light, and spill it gently on your subject and create soft angelic skin. It helps isolate and really focus on them. Combine it with shallow depth of field to soften what else is in the composition and you can make dramatic looks. Gel's can be used to color flashes to make a room blue, or whatever. It is way easier than taking back drops every where and having to use stands.