Baby Photography.


 Baby Photography.

You can never have too many baby photos, and 20 weeks is the perfect time to start capturing these memories. Here are some tips on how to make those smiles brighter and help you take the best photo of your new family member.

#1- Get Your Camera Ready - The most important thing about taking a picture of your little one is that you have the right camera set up with the correct settings. The lighting conditions in which you are photographing your baby will determine the shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting and type of flash to use. Use the automatic mode on the camera if it has one, this will allow you to focus on taking great pictures and not figuring out how to set the camera up.
#2 - Get The Right Lens - There are many different lenses available to help you get that perfect shot. Most cameras come with a standard zoom lens that is an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 or there may be a different version like 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 or 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3. These lenses are very versatile and work great under most conditions. If you find that you are having problems getting a clear shot, an alternative lens may be the answer.
#3 - Avoid The Green Screen Syndrome - This is a common mistake that many new parents make when taking pictures of their baby for the first time. It is called "The Green Screen Syndrome" or the "Halo Effect" and it results in washed out looking pictures with a green tint to them caused by including too much background in the shot. For example, the green leaves of a tree outside make up part of your picture but it looks like your baby is floating against a green screen or there is a green halo around him/her. To avoid this, move your camera back or zoom out so that what is behind the baby is further away from the baby.
#4 - Get Down On Their Level - Baby's have a much different view of the world than we do. Try to take a picture with your camera down at their level and you will get some great shots of your little one interacting with a toy or someone they love. You may be surprised by what you end up getting as well.
#5 - Play Along With Your Baby - Babies are fun to play with and are relatively easy to photograph since they are predictable. When taking pictures of your baby, try to use some toys that make noise or move around if possible and interact with them while taking pictures. This will make the pictures come out much better.
#6 - Take Lots Of Pictures - You will never have time to get every shot that you want so take a lot of them. For very young babies, have someone help you out by taking some shots of them from a different angle while you do the same with your camera and for older babies, toys are great for getting more than one shot in a row because it keeps them focused on the toy instead of the camera.
#7 - Get Down On The Floor - Another good way to get some good pictures is to take some down on the floor with your baby. You can use a blanket to cover the floor in case it gets too cold for everyone to be down there. After you have set up your camera and are ready to take your first picture, put some toys around them and help them look at the camera. Then make sure they are looking directly at the camera or you will end up with a blurry image. Follow that with a toy that makes noise, and then another shot to get different angles of your little one.
#8 - Shoot From Across The Room - If you have a backdrop like a crib or changing table, try shooting from across the room instead of close up shots. This will give you a more open shot because you are farther away from the action and can use a wider lens to take a lot of them.
#9 - Shoot In Good Lighting - To get a good exposure, be sure you are in well lit areas with plenty of light source. If your subject is dark, such as if they are in the shadows or on a soft background, use flash and bracketing for the photo.
#10 - Pastel Paintings - For some great pictures, try going outside and taking some pictures using pastel paintings as backdrops. This may be the background for some of your best baby pictures.
#11 - Consider A Fisheye Lens - These lenses can take some very interesting close up shots of your baby. They take in a 180-degree image with a distortion that makes everything look extremely curved or rounded, but can add a neat effect to your pictures.
#12 - Avoid The Family Dog - No matter how cute and innocent they are, the dog will be jealous of all the attention that you are giving the baby and will make it difficult to take quality images. Keep them away from your shoot unless you plan to get shots of them together.
#13 - Avoid The Temperature - If the weather is cold or the room is warm, your baby may feel uncomfortable and might not be as cooperative. Take some shots against a nice background that they can look at like a bookcase. Change out the toys from time to time to keep them interested or consider taking pictures on a blanket in front of an open window.
#14 - Use Movement In Pictures - Start using baby's in motion to create a story line for your bathroom selfies from their first bath until they are 18 months old. Look for one of your favorite books or nursery rhymes in which you can use as a reference for how you want them to look when moving from image to image.
#15 - Wear The Right Clothes - For some great pictures, you can wear something that is bright in color and will show up well on your camera. You can also try to get some close-ups of your baby wearing their favorite outfits too.
16 - Get Something Ny! - If you have a nyc background as a means for a picture, then you can get some awesome pictures with this idea. Look around for the subject of the picture, but try to distract them by placing something that they love in front of them or off to the side so they won't notice you and be distracted from what is going on.

The most important thing to remember about taking photos of babies is to have fun. Don't worry about how they should look or be posed and just have a good time as you are taking pictures. Remember that there will be many other pictures taken in the future because this one might not be the best, but try to focus on how much it means to you when the baby actually looks into your eyes for the first time.

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