Digital Photography Tips and Tricks Part 4 - Baby Photography
Baby photography is tough but Prettiest one. To shoot a nice photo on a baby you have to be careful and Conscious as babies are the most uncertain creatures. By following some tips you can shoot good photos on babies.
If you want success in baby photography, you have to patient as well as understand the child psychology. It is commonly found that babies over six months are shy and do not react well to a complete stranger. What you need to do in such situations is to play with the baby, or even become a child yourself while taking the photograph. Play with them with some colorful toys and try to react quickly when the infant responds to your entertainment. This way you can get portraits of children at any age. And it may even work for some adults too...!
Taking pictures of a newborn baby can be difficult. The baby will not be active at this stage. Therefore, it is better to focus on close-up headshots. You should also try to use the natural light from a bedroom window to add atmosphere.
Babies over a few months old will be more alert and will have a lot more movement in them. You have to take photos fast as the infant will tire quickly. Babies become bored quickly and can prove tricky to shoot! If you are a professional baby photographer and want to shoot from your own studio, make sure you have a lot of toys to amuse the infants. A light color background will work best and use both color and black & white.
Parents may be worried about studio lights as they may believe that the lights have an effect on their baby. Make sure you have got some documentation about your studio lights so that they can review that if they wish or some written guarantee that explains that strobe lights are harmless to babies and children. When you take photos of somebody else's baby, you should take consent from the parents, as most parents will be very protective and will not react well to a stranger lifting the infant.
Fingers and hands of babies can be attractive objects to photographers. You can get some cute photos when the little ones put their fingers in their mouth. But it is hard to direct that, so you will have to capture it in the moment and then hope that the face is not obscured by the fingers!
If you are a professional photographer, you may want to resell the photographs to an agency or site. But be sure you get permission from the parents beforehand, and get it signed by them. The market of baby photography is large and varied, but all will ask you to show parents' consent.
So, if you want success as a baby photographer, you should keep these tips in mind. Make sure you play with the baby and show patience. Get some stimulating toys together and get the parents to consent to whatever use you aim to have for the photos. Last, but not least, improvise and do not try to direct too much as this is usually futile with babies.
Baby photography is pretty tough, but when you apply the digital photography tips and tricks above, you will have a very good success rate with even the most difficult babies and kids.
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