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How to shoot baby portraits

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.

PAGE 1: How to get natural-looking family photos
PAGE 2: How to take family action photos
PAGE 3: How to direct family photo shoots
PAGE 4: How to capture candid pictures of family
PAGE 5: Getting the best from your family
PAGE 6: Group family photos: how to keep them engaged
PAGE 7: How to shoot stylish family photos
PAGE 8: How to shoot baby portraits


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