Baby photography might be a pretty arduous task, especially for a beginner. They can’t pose as you wish. They have their schedule to adjust to. To make capturing the bundles of joy in-camera easier for you, we are sharing the most useful tips and tricks here.
Here are the top 10 tips for baby photography:-
Change the focus settings to set the area of the photo that the camera will focus on. You can set single point autofocus mode and if your camera has an option, set the eye Autofocus mode that will focus on the baby’s eyes. Exposure settings have 3 parts- shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. If the baby is asleep, you can put the shutter speed slow, like 1/100. But if you’re taking photos of an awake baby, your shutter speed must be much faster, like 1/150. The shorter the distance between the baby and you, the narrower the aperture should be- It is the golden rule for baby photography. If you’re taking pictures of the baby with other family members, set the f/8. The combination of shutter speed and aperture affects the brightness of the photo. For example, if you set a wider aperture and slower shutter speed, your photo will be darker. To solve this issue, you need to adjust your ISO accordingly. If you set the ISO higher, the photo will be lighter.
Pick the right camera
Though some cameras don’t function well with high ISO and produce low-quality images, this will not be a problem for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. You should choose them for baby photography as they have larger sensors and interchangeable lenses.
Make sure that natural light falls on the baby’s face, but don’t put the baby in direct sunlight. You should turn the auto white balance option on. If you’re using flash, use a diffuser so that the light gets softer and even.
Choose the theme
A beginner should always keep in mind the safety and comfort of the baby while choosing the theme. Have the parents hold the baby, or keep it in support safely. If you want to get cute unnatural baby photos, go for photoshop. Most of the impressive baby photographs involve a good deal of editing. You can get some amazing theme inspirations from Pinterest, Themeforest, and Templatemonster.
Use correct props
Again, make sure the props are safe for babies because the skin of the little one is extremely sensitive. The props should be comfortable too. You can use commonly-used props like a basket, blanket, beanbag chairs, and toys. Use backdrops that go well with the theme.
Involve family members
Have the parents hold the baby in unique positions. If the baby has siblings, get them in your shoot too. This will not only generate a variety of photos but also make the environment comfortable for the baby.
Editing is the key
As mentioned earlier, to have the perfect baby photograph, you need editing. The baby’s skin is naturally red and wrinkled. You need to alter the luminance of red channels and smooth it using an airbrush. So, brush up on your photography skills, but keep in mind not to overdo it.
Be ready for long sessions:- Prepare for the long-hour sessions. Though the model can’t walk or talk, it has its demands! The props, lights, and unfamiliar faces can make the baby uncomfortable and crying. You should take additional hours into account for food and change as well.
Talk with the parents
Discuss the entire process with the clients. This creates confusion in the parents about the time, what should they bring at the location or keep ready at home for shooting, or which props are exactly going to be used. To avoid unnecessary hazards during the photoshoot, inform your clients about everything.
Have enough knowledge
Even some expert photographers falter in baby photography simply because they don’t know how to handle babies. Holding them in a wrong way or trying an unusual pose forcefully can harm the baby badly. So learn to handle baby first, before shooting.
These top tips will surely you click your desired shot.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC