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morgan
12-06-2008, 10:52 PM
I met up with a friend over thanksgiving and took some pictures of her two month old baby girl. Unfortunately, we didnít have a lot of time. I went to her house twice, but we were short on time both times. This was also my first time photographing a baby, so Iíd love any feedback.

Day 1:
All with 28mm lens
Canon 30D set to ISO 1600
Did I go to high with the ISO? I didnít want to use flash with the baby. It was night time so we couldnít use sunlight.

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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2417pretty.jpg
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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/loresIMG_2369.jpg
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3
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2383.jpg
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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2398.jpg
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morgan
12-06-2008, 10:52 PM
Day 2:
All with 50mm lens
Canon 30D set to ISO 200
Today we had natural light because I was at her house around 1:00

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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2853.jpg
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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2906.jpg
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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/morganleighbomer/lores_2856.jpg
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slightlyimperfect
12-07-2008, 12:11 AM
You did a really good job. I just tried my own baby shoot a week ago, so i know how tough it is.(especially in low light sits') My most favorite one is the second one. I think it has a lot to do with the fact her eyes are so sharp. Her pose and softness of her skin makes it a very appealing shot.

Good Job

Robin

morgan
12-07-2008, 12:21 AM
You did a really good job. I just tried my own baby shoot a week ago, so i know how tough it is.(especially in low light sits') My most favorite one is the second one. I think it has a lot to do with the fact her eyes are so sharp. Her pose and softness of her skin makes it a very appealing shot.

Good Job

Robin

thanks for the feedback. on another forum i was told that was the only one where the eyes were sharp enough. i wanted to use a smaller aperture, but the lighting didn't allow for it. or there is a trick I'm missing.

i think i'll be ready next time to get the eyes sharp. I hope i can see her again over Christmas!

slightlyimperfect
12-07-2008, 01:03 AM
I know I had the same issue !!!!

I'm totally a newbie. I mean I think I know good shots when I see them, but to get them it quite a different story.

I think for me though..it was cause i didn't use a tripod. ( I don't know why but i hate the things) Low light, no flash, moving baby...the only solution i know is ...tripod

Let me know if you have any better luck during xmas.

By the way i think it was you that posted the pix of the 2 year old...those eyes are tac sharp to me. What a beautiful baby.

Robin

morgan
12-07-2008, 02:46 AM
I know I had the same issue !!!!

I'm totally a newbie. I mean I think I know good shots when I see them, but to get them it quite a different story.

I think for me though..it was cause i didn't use a tripod. ( I don't know why but i hate the things) Low light, no flash, moving baby...the only solution i know is ...tripod

Let me know if you have any better luck during xmas.

By the way i think it was you that posted the pix of the 2 year old...those eyes are tac sharp to me. What a beautiful baby.

Robin


thanks! I had a much better light with the 2 yr old and I had the practice with the baby 2 days prior. I wish I could see these kids more often.

I really learned a lot over the holiday.

I don't like using my tripod either. I like to move faster. maybe a monopod would be better? or i think it just need to make sure I have nice light. it just isn't always easy to plan around light.

mindforge
12-07-2008, 02:17 PM
Trying to take pictures of an awake infant with slow shutter speeds is difficult. When I shoot infants or families I always use ISO100 or lower.

Tip 1: Use large windows and lots of natural lights. Use a reflector opposite the window. If you need a little more light, consider an off camera flash. I have found that a large window is better than a flash. The best place ever though, is diffused daylight outside. Outside on an overcast day is perfect in my opinion - add highlights with a reflector.

These are good though. The second series is better IMO. Looks like you had a big window. Try to play with high key b/w too.