Infant Photography-takes patience but worth the wait

July 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tammy and I had an infant sitting yesterday of a six week old little girl.  Infants are best photographed from birth to 10 days and again at three months.  During the first few days they sleep most of time, pretty much stay in fetal position, and are very easily posed and apt to stay in the posed position,  At three months they are able to lift head and smile.  In between that can be a real challenge but we managed to get some cute shots. Photographing an infant takes patience as it is on their schedule-not yours.  This cute child was very tired but restless yesterday and when she went to sleep she preferred her head toward the backdrop and turning the head tended to aggravate her so we just waited. This session took about 2 1/2 hrs and we will go back to get the poses we never got yesterday.

Brought studio lights and soft box to location but found a window with soft late afternoon cloud filtered light and these were shot with natural light with one silver reflector camera right and slightly behind and over child.  These shots were taken with a Nikkor 50mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f1.8.   You should be able to tell by those settings this was not harsh bright light coming in.  The f1.8 setting gave us the nice shallow depth oh field.  Notice on the shots where we backed up-the mother and daughter and full length on scale the depth of field is a little larger but the background is nicely out of focus and on the closer in shots the eyes are in focus but the ears are getting out of focus.  This is due to the distant between camera and subject as tte closer you move in the shallower is depth of field.  The 50mm Nikon and Canon lens are excellent and inexpensive.  I personally use the 1.8 as I just cannot see $200 to get a extra aprx 1/3 stop to get the 1.4.  For more articles and tutorials please see our sister site @  http://jaxportrait.com

 

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