How to do this Baby Photo

This is a great holiday photo or just a wonderful portrait!

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How to do this portrait

This is how you do this baby photo:

The best lens to use is a 50mm, 70mm up to 105mm.  The key is not to use a wide angle lens.

To obtain that great soft focus background you will need to use a shallow depth of field.

Set your lens to the largest aperture.  If your lens goes to F1.8 or F2.0 set it to that.  IF your lens goes to F4 or F5.6 set it to that one.

The key is to make sure that the background is about 4 or 5 feet away from the main subject. So your baby needs to be at least 4 or 5 ft away from the background.  The further the better.

The other important thing is to come close to the subject with the camera.

Lower the camera to the baby’s eye level.  In other words, it’ looks like you will be laying on the ground an moving around with the baby!

Photographing kids that are older than 2 months are a bit more challenging because they like to move around.  You need to be quick.

A good idea would be to set the colorful balls down in place (or any other desired object) first.  Plan for that space for the baby.  Test your exposure and test your framing.

Set the baby down and be quick.

Don’t forget to take the first shot and look at the exposure.  Tweak it.  This is when you want to make it darker or lighter (again quick is the word) and continue shooting.

Be flexible,  if the child rolls over and does something else keep shooting and go with the flow.  You might get something that is more fun or spontaneous than you thought. Try out this baby photo.

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