Want to earn your gold star in photography?
Learn to take a great snapshot of a baby.
Babies are tricky. They move. They cry. They don’t care that you’re trying to take the photo. Overcome these common problems and your baby photos will look a whole lot better. Gold star – for you.
Baby moves – making the photo blurry
· This will happen all the time
· Make sure you have enough light
· Increase your shutter speed
· Too dark? Increase your ISO
· Still too dark? Try a bigger aperture (smaller number)
· Cheat: Take the picture when the baby is sleeping and she doesn’t move so much (awwww)
Baby moves – can’t autofocus
· Focus on an “area” and wait for the baby to enter that area
· Use your camera’s advanced autofocus features for moving objects (some cameras only)
· Cheat: Take a deliberately out of focus picture for an artistic look
Baby has drool/tomato sauce/something on its face
· Look at the baby before you lift the camera
· Keep handy wipes around for quick touch ups
· Learn to use the right tools in Photoshop or Lightroom
· Cheat: Tell everyone you meant to do that – it’s cute!
Baby is sad/mad/Hulk-like
· Put the camera down and play with the baby
· Get your shot ready and distract the baby with sound, light, etc.
· Cheat: angry baby shots look cool and can be used to blackmail the baby when he’s a teenager
Light is too harsh
· Using flash? Turn off flash
· Outside? Turn baby out of the sun or get into the shade away from the sun
Baby looks green
· Check your “white balance”
· Match white balance for the kind of light you’re using
Baby looks small
· Get closer (before you zoom in)
· Zoom in – but turn off the “digital zoom,” you can do the same thing in software