Question about newborn photography...

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    So, when you take photos of newborns, their faces and bodies are always splotchy and red and whatnot. My question is, is that a good thing? I mean, if you take a photo of a newborn who still has splotchy skin, should you try and photoshop it to make it smooth and one color, or should you leave it as it is, understanding its part of what makes the little one unique?
     
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    I think that's wehre personal preference comes in. For example.. newborn acne is not cute.. no matter which way you cut it. Here's a babe I just did (SOOC, underexposed but u get the idea)
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    and here she is after some PS
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    To me, that looks better. I also PP my son. I pp every picture I take. Including newborns.. Sometimes, if it [red, splotchy, fresh out of the womb] really adds character, you go with that. It depends on the baby and the picture.

    Funny thing- I was reading an article the other day on how Dove's campaign of love the skin your in ,that showed celebritys "as is" (such as you might remember jamie lee curtis with some chub around her belly and thighs etc) but that there was MAJOR post processing work. To make them look like they weren't PP at all . *laugh* So the key is .. Post process to make it look like you haven't post processed :)
     
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    That depends...
    Do you want a photo that looks like the child or do you want something else?
     
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    Do you think photo 1 and photo 2 in my above post are really so different? Just curious...
     
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    It's difficult because the child's head is so much smaller in the second photo. However, the original looks like a newborn to me. The modified photo looks like, well, a modified photo. The normal redness of a newborn's skin is gone and replaced by tan shading. The skin is too smooth, almost like what I'd expect from a doll rather than a human child.

    If that's your goal, so be it. I prefer realistic photos of children.
     
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    maybe fix it a little.... just as about it works for you... so you donĀ“t feel like you morphed their baby... just a lil touch here and there...

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    I appreciate your outlook.. its opposite mine, but thats OK :thumbup:
     
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    :hugs:
     
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    > I pp every picture I take.

    You might want to see a doctor about that... :) Sorry, I'm very new, and I don't know all the shorthand! I'm going to guess that means post process.
     
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    Have you considered using a Softener filter?
    It is mainly used on portraits to soften skin tones and imperfections and give a more subtle finish.. Google it!
     
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    Either way its a neat shot.. However IMO that second photo looks nothing like the first. If that were my child I would want the photo to be what it was. Its One thing to fix something small here or there but to go over the enitre shot and recrete the skin tone is by no means saying its a photo of that baby. I guess overall it all depends on the situation at hand. IE a severe case may call for some pp or ps. I guess in the end these little cuties can be a tough subject to shoot so give yourself credit for even taking the chance..........
     
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    Question is: is that a good thing for the world...?
     

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