Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ten Tips For Photographing A Baby

I never realized just how difficult it would be to photograph a baby until I began taking photos of our new granddaughter! They are either crying, dribbling, have a runny nose, a rash or a toy right in front of their face. Then just when you think you have a good pose, there's not enough light (and you're forced to use a flash), the background is too busy or their their outfit has stains all over it. Lets face it, most of us don't have a photo studio with the perfect backdrop or a showpiece home. So here are a few tips that I've learned along the way.

1. Position the baby (if she/he will sit) facing the window so they have natural light on their face.
    This is easier to achieve before they start crawling.
2. Give them something to hold that will distract them so they don't go looking for something else.
3. Lie down on the floor in a position where they have to turn their head slightly to look at you.
4. Play peek-a-boo with the camera! (I took 60 shots while playing this game)
5. Experiment to get the camera settings just right and then concentrate on taking the photos.
    (You'll miss the perfect shot if you're constantly fiddling with the dials)
6. If you have clutter in the background, as most of us do, use a wide aperture (lower f/stop). This will not only blur the background but because it lets in more light, it will allow you to have a faster shutter speed.
7. It's easier to fix a photo that is slightly underexposed rather than overexposed. If you're having trouble getting a perfect exposure, go for minus number rather than plus number For example in Manual Mode it will either say -3 or +3 or a higher number in either direction.
8. Set your camera to sequential shooting. This means that while the shutter button is depressed it'll take multiple photos.
9. Always take a moment to focus on the eyes.
10. Babies will not cooperate if they are hungry, thirsty, have a wet nappy, are tired, or missing Mum and Dad! Happy snapping!

The settings I used for these photos are:
Manual Mode
Shutter speed 1/80
ISO 400
Center weighted Metering
Lens: 50mm f/2

1 comment:

Carol said...

What brilliant photographs, she looks like a little angel.