first photoshoot tips

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  1. wgp1987

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    My mom's friend just had a baby, and i offered my services to take some shots of her newborn. I am not sure how i should go about taking photos of her baby! i assume i would get some great shots why the toddler is sleeping, but i dont know how good the lighting is at the house and i dont have a large flash. I will be limited to using my 50mm 1.8 and hopefully i will have my tamron 28-75 f2.8 that i just ordered by the time she would want me to come over. Any tips?
     
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    Your 50mm will be fine. Bring a tripod if you are worried, and do some longer exposures. It is a new born, so it shouldnt be too mobile.
     
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    are you going to ask the baby 100 questions about what lens you should get next?


    sorry i couldn't resist
     
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    :lmao::lol::lmao:


    The 1.8 would probably be your best choice if the lighting is poor. But I'm sure there are windows and such that the baby / crib can be moved to to allow for better lighting. So I wouldn't be too worried about that.

    Search the interweb for examples of poses and images to get inspiration from
     
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    :lol::thumbup:

    You deserve a "thanks" for that one!
     
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    Hysterical, made my morning :thumbup:


    Anyway, yes, the 50mm is a great lens to use for this shoot. Also, be sure to shoot the baby from their level instead of repeatedly shooting down on them.
     
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    I think this is what you meant.

    Edit: You corrected already!
     
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    errrr... noooo.

    never a good idea to shot people w/ a long exposure.

    how about... a flash! not a "large" one? do you have a... small.. one?
     
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    How about 300mm, and having the baby outside in natural light while you're inside avoiding lens flare?
     
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    The pop-up flash is small enough :D
     
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    Yea, small and.. unusable!

    If you really want to use a pop up, you COULD buy a Gary Fong puffer for 30 bucks. It's a diffuser that fits over your garbag- i mean pop up flash.
    The only downside if that you're using a product made by a glorified real estate agent who calls himself a photographer :lol:
     
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    lol. this thread is making it's way towards my bookmarks.
     

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