An Amateurs Guide to Great Point and Shoot Baby Pics
The truth is that every proud parent has plenty of interest in baby photography and how they can best capture the memories of their young ones forever and especially the first few weeks and months of their lives. As the old saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words and this is certainly true about all the baby pics you’ve taken of your cute kids. Your kids may not appreciate the photos you have taken of them now, but they will treasure these precious pictures of themselves when they are all grown up.
Baby Photography Obstacles
Taking good baby photos is quite a challenge and something that always looks deceptively easy before you actually attempt it. There are many factors that add to this difficulty including the fact that babies are not adults who will take instructions on what to do and how to pose for a great photograph. You will have to consider many factors when taking baby pics. One of the main ones will be how to keep the attention of your young one. Babies get board quickly and get distracted easily. While you are focusing on lighting and aperture settings, your child will no doubt be getting restless and wanting to wonder off.
Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands
While it is true that there are many experts who specialize in baby photography out there, it is also true to say that there are several obstacles that prevent you from just leaving everything to them. For starters the cost can be pretty hefty and chances are that you will need to part with hundreds of dollars to get the photos of your baby that you want. Secondly there is the question of convenience. Your professional photographer cannot be expected to be hanging around your home round the clock and at the oddest of hours. And yet those late hours will usually turn out to be the best times to take a really great baby photo.
And so there are many distinct advantages to take your own baby photos and it is just not about saving money. You will also get plenty of opportunities that a professional photographer would not be able to compete with you in getting.
Start Planning – Get Snapping!
Great baby images start with some very careful planning. As a parent you will already know the habits and schedule of your baby. What time do they usually wake up? What is the feeding schedule like? When do they usually look their best? With this very valuable insider information it will be easy for you to plan ahead for your photo shoots. You will for instance be able to anticipate the challenges that you may face at certain times of the day.
Lighting is Everything When Taking Baby Pics
Lighting for instance can be quite a challenge at certain times of the day. Photography is really about lighting and even with technology this a very basic and fundamental aspect of photography has never changed. Too many amateur photographers get the lighting wrong and the result is terrible pictures. Always try to take your baby photographs with the light behind you. That is unless you want to take artistic baby pics. Like one with the morning sun steaming into the room and a certain side of their face.
Keep it Simple!
Always remember to keep it simple. Baby photos never work when you complicate things. After all it is true to say that the really attractive thing about toddlers is their innocence in the backdrop of a world and environment that is the exact opposite and without innocence.
Timing – The Key to a Perfect Moment
The other thing you must take into consideration is that timing is everything when you are capturing baby images. That is why you have to be very confident with all the equipment (including the camera) that you invest in for your baby photography. You will need lots of practice before you actually attempt to take real baby photos of your toddler. You will certainly not get a second chance when you miss a great shot since there is no way that you can ask your subjects to pose again for the photo.
Keep Them Comfortable at All Times
Amidst all the baby photos that you want to take you need to always put the baby’s comfort first. For instance toddlers are known to be sensitive to the cold and yet some of the best baby pictures are when they are half naked and even without any clothes at all. So as you start to take these kind of photos, do make sure that the temperature in the room is comfortable enough for the baby and complete your photography as quickly as you can and get the baby dressed.
You should also remember that the background is important and you should make every effort to use it as much as possible when taking your photos.
Once you are done with taking all the baby pictures you want, the next stage will be editing them. Modern digital camera editing software is easy to use and it also makes it possible to do all kinds of fancy things. There will be temptation to go overboard with all kind of fancy adjustments. Resist these and concentrate on having your baby photos as natural as possible and with minimal effects if any.
Patience is a Virtue
Patience cannot be over emphasized when it comes to baby photography. Every single step and aspect of this project requires loads f patience for you to be able to get the best results. You will have to spend hours holding your camera and waiting, before you get an opportunity for that really great baby photo.
Most digital photography products are very easy to use and getting the hang of them is one of the simplest things for anybody. And what is more you can also access plenty of help on the World Wide Web in terms of backgrounds, editing tips and so on. The tutorials you will have access to online will enable you to take professional photos that could easily compete head to head with anything that a professional photographer would have produced for you in exchange for a hefty bill. What is more you can have plenty of fun even as you take the baby photos that will capture the precious memories of a lifetime.
This Article was Written by: Martha Henderson
a regular contributor at: www.babygerber.org