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Old 06-26-2012, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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....is a lot harder than it looks. I was playing around today and got some shots of the baby. Thoughts?

Facebook butchers the quality, so bear with me.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Comments regarding this photo:
More light needs to fall on the kid's face.
Hands are out of focus and also look blurry. This is likely due to too shallow depth of field and shutter speed too low/kid's arms moving. Because of where the arms/hands fall, I would want to see the in focus. If you are going for a shallow depth-of-field type shot, the face must be in better focus and focused on open eyes which need ot be sharp. In addition, the arms/hands need to be out of focus and not blurred because of motion.
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General comments for shooting newborns:
Use the parent's arms/hands as props. This allows the child to be a better position, allows you to positions you and your lighting better, and most of all allows for the parents to be in the photos.
Use props to position the child: baskets, blankets, pillows, scales, etc.
Shoot the child in the nude and positioned so their parts can't be seen. This is a very cliche photo, but parents love them. Shoot arms, legs, feet, stomach wrinkles,
If using lightroom, drop the clarity a little to remove some skin percections and to give a slight "glow" appearance.
Process for both color and B&W photos.
If the child is awake and you're shooting the with the face in mind, make sure the eyes are in sharp focus.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When photographing kids, I usually try to:

1. Bump the ISO a hair (but not too much) to help with shutter speed
2. Shoot at f2.8 but be sure to get the eyes and cheeks tack sharp
3. Take maximum advantage of the lovely, ambient light you get near windows
4. Shoot raw and underexpose a half stop (again, for the shutter, and bring it up up post)
5. Shoot continuous burst mode (may lose 14 shots but the 15th is the winner!)

Finally, it is hard (ok, impossible) to pose the child/infant. But you can and should fill the frame in a way that will work if everything else comes together...good luck (and congrats if yours!!).
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, it's a baby not a paintball gun lol, get something heart-warming for the background like the mother holding the baby or something.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Edited the rest from today. Little man was tired, been a long first day of existence

And Phunky, not my kid, my family just gets the privilege of watching him for a little while
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very cute kid.

One piece of advice: shoot "at eye level." (meaning, lay down next to baby or crouch) Same goes for any small subject - flowers, animals etc. Perspective is everything.
Shooting down works if the kid is looking up at the camera and the emphasis is on the eyes/face. Otherwise it's best to get down to or near eye level.
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