How to shoot baby portraits
One of the problems with babies is deciding what sort of shots you intend to capture. For instance, do you focus on close-up detail shots, only concentrating on their main features such as the hands, eyes, feet and mouth?
By using a macro lens, you’ll be able to get within centimetres to capture the delicate detail in their features. By using natural light from a window, along with a reflector to fill in shadows, you’ll get a lovely, soft illumination.
The more light you can get onto your subject, the lower ISO rating you can set on the camera, enabling you to produce a higher quality image.
Get down to the baby’s level, open up the aperture to a wide setting and shoot from an angle to fade out both the foreground and background.
Try using a black sheet to transform your portraits from the clean, crisp images that occur with a white backdrop to ‘deeper’, more atmospheric shots.
The black sheet won’t be reflecting any light onto the baby’s face and shutter speeds may drop – bring the gold reflector closer to the child to compensate.
Finally, don’t forget to include the parents – a classic shot to get in the bag is the baby gripping onto the mum or dad’s finger. It can really add a sense of scale.
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