Every parent’s excitement at the birth of their first child is reflected in the hundreds of photos taken by parents and grandparents. With the advent of digital photography this has increased dramatically. The birth of subsequent children causes this rate to diminish. If the rate does it should be as result of better quality images and not because the novelty has worn off. Here’s how to get great baby shots.
1. Learn to use your camera before baby arrives
This should be the most fundamental part of your baby photography. Don’t wait until Mom goes into labor before feverishly reading your new camera’s manual. By the time you reach this most important event you should be competent with all the camera’s functions. There are no second chances at the birth or the first time the baby feeds or is held by Mom straight after the birth. These are memories that cannot be missed through incompetence as you learn digital photography.
2. Focus on the baby
Unless you are specifically taking mother/father and baby shots or grandparents and baby then focus on the baby and not the people and clutter all around. Baby, as the subject should be the center of attention and easily identified as such. A little baby in the middle of a crowd is not a memory.
3. Get in closer
As I said in point two, the focus should be on the baby, but, don’t only focus on the baby, get in closer. Fill the frame with baby or part of baby. You want see the baby and not other things, as I said. Many years down the road you want to look at photos that show baby clearly.
Unless you want to see the crib, nappy bin, and all the creams, exclude them from the image.
4. Get in even closer
How much closer can you get? Really close. Why? You want to get photos of baby’s little feet, hands, or eyes. What makes a baby cute? It’s these little features. Get some images of a big hand with a little hand around a big finger or a small foot lying across a big hand. A photo of a little face cupped in a big hand is exquisite. Be prepared to experiment. If your camera or lens has a macro feature allowing you to get in close, then use it.
5. Shoot a photo a day
Have you ever thought of shooting one photo every day for the first 365 days of baby’s life? Imagine such a detailed documentary of a little one’s life. But, remember to vary them. Different times of the day, different activities such as bath time, nap time, or feeding time and different facial expressions. Zoom in, go wide, and change your angles such as shooting high or very low. Include photos together with other members of the family and extended family. Don’t forget that baby is the focus of image. What this does is help you learn digital photography as you have fun photographing your baby.
The early years of a child are very exciting and you need to document as much as you can. Too many photos is better than too few. How many times have you looked back and thought that you’d have liked to see more images of a loved one? Have fun while shooting and it will be a win/win situation. Happy shooting as you learn digital photography!
About the Author
Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. His website can be found at 21steps2perfectphotos.com
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