Click Right Away, Don’t Stop
When Little Baby Girl looks at the camera
Babies are unpredictable so therefore tears and tantrums are predictable. Do not be afraid to keep photographing the camera rather than waiting for the perfect pose or moment because somewhere in 30 shots in a row will be a winner. Assuming you have a good amount of natural light, select ISO 100-400 and use wide aperture (f / 2.8-f / 8) for shallow DOF (depth of field). Use continuous shooting mode on your camera to capture 2, 3, 4, or 5 photos in seconds.
Be a Clown and Keep Saying ‘Cheeseee’
Laughing happy baby on a bright background
When shooting a baby, you may need to “ham it up” to get a reaction. This can include making funny faces, playing hide and seek from behind a piece of cloth, or making a silly amused sound. There are so many ways to persuade a smile to the baby’s lips. Get “the better half of you” to persuade the perfect expression, as you prepare the shot. You have to work fast to capture moments so choose a fast shutter speed of 1 / 500s or more, use a wide aperture (f / 1.8-f / 4) for a blurry and firing background!
See the Lighting for Them
Baby Indoors Laugh
For best baby pictures, photos during the day when there is plenty of natural light. Natural light gives a soft focus look at baby’s skin. Use window lights whenever possible and avoid hard sunlight as it tends to cause shadows and is also unhealthy for baby’s skin. The standard 50mm lens is ideal for this type of image. Turn the dial mode to AV (Aperture Priority) mode, select high ISO and wide aperture. Let the camera select the correct shutter speed. Use an external flash (with diffuser) to fill in dark spots.
Make it Fun as You Can
The little girl sat on the bedroom floor looking at the book
Photographing memories trying to catch babies involved in activities, or with family and friends. Siblings, especially if they are near age can add extra interest to the photos – getting them to play together, eat or interact as friends. Keep going back and do not try to force friendliness – let the kids do what they do. Take photos from the background, so as not to bother them. Children’s chairs in uncluttered areas that have lots of natural light, such as large windows. Use automatic settings to ensure you get sharp images, and let the camera select flash if necessary.
Be Creative and Crazy
Black and white photography from baby boy
Classic black and white pictures and timeless, and perfect for snapshots of babies! Turn the mode dial into AV (Aperture Priority) mode and select a large aperture for a soft and blurry background. Use spot and meter metering modes on baby’s face. When shooting in monochrome consider contrast; The black and white background will be the most striking, and the contrast in the lighting will also have a dramatic effect.
Must Have Equipment
As well as a good camera, a standard lens of about 50mm is a great tool for baby portraits. Try to select one with f / 1.8 and lower so you get a faster shutter speed and sharper shot (eg f / 1.4 and f / 1.2). The beanbag cake and not the tripod is great for stabilizing your camera and down to the ground up to the baby level, and silver or white reflectors are ideal for reflecting light so that it is soft and flattering.
Babies offer a great opportunity to create beautiful and valuable photos, though not at all an easy topic! Always think on your feet and shoot more pictures than you think you need. Be open, friendly and playful – if you are awkward baby