Creative Tips and Ideas for Taking Better Baby Photos

There’s a continuous explode of popularity of a digital photography, still with its being rather tough to make a decent and all-round good shot, we scarcely have any easy and understandable tips for how to take better the photograph. Now we’ll share the passion for fascinating newborn baby photography and present you some indispensable tips and ideas worth considering for taking great pictures and overcoming challenges in photographing babies. Get armed to capture your baby’s every new movement and every fleeting smile that comes along – here’s the list of some interesting ideas to help you work on composition, light, and variety.


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- It’s highly advisable to use a natural lighting and set your ISO to 200 if there’s enough of it. And always go for the indirect lighting which helps make softer shades and all round tones on the babies skin. Besides, learn to turn off the flash and take perfectly good pictures in low-light conditions.

- The settings for the f-number of your camera should be around 5.6 – that’s the most preferable f-stop to have. However, it’s possible to go a little bit lower, but anything higher than f8 will cause the background to be competing with your child’s spotlight.

- When composing a baby portrait, better use around 85-100mm focal length to preserve a more natural looks of your newborn. Wide angle lenses in this case tend distort a child’s features especially when capturing the face in a close-up.

- Think beyond color, since you may take it color out and make some black and white photos of your little one to have timeless, romantic quality pictures. Thus, you’ll come out with even more soft and smooth look with a high clarity level.

- Do not put on too many clothes because that can swamp the newborn; better choose some cute little outfits and simple accessories to dress up your little one and add just enough color to make the picture pop.

- Watch out that a blanket or a fabric you use as a backing was non-reflective. You may as well play around with different colors and textures to mix them up.

- Take some great close-up shots trying to get as much background busyness out of the way. Sometimes, it’s better to tight the photo and get rid of too much space around the baby. Don’t worry about getting everything in the picture – small pieces can also look great.

- Take the snaps of little babies from all angles including straight above with a sense of scale really emphasizing how small and vulnerable the child is.

- Try photographing babies at their level because shooting at eye level is a good rule of thumb. That will put you in the baby’s world and gives the ability to interact with her with a good eye contact.

- Capture the wonder of precious details with baby’s little fingers, toes, ears and lips. Try to zoom in on these tiny features.

- Use your camera’s burst or continuous mode so you can take numerous shots in quick succession.

- Try taking pictures of your babies in motion when they’re reaching for something, yawning or even crying.

- If you struggle to come up with ideas for baby poses, get a baby nestled in a fuzzy blanket tucked inside a wicker basket, pose the baby in an old-fashioned metal bathtub or put over the shoulder. As well, you should certainly try some totally un-posed photographs.

- You may use some props in your photo shoot in order to add interest to the pictures. So, try using rattles, balls, blocks, baby’s favorite toys as props to get them beneficially incorporated into baby photography sessions.

- Take pictures while your baby is having a bath time with laughing and splashing, which will help capture a few precious shots. Besides, right after the bath the baby’s wet face has higher clarity.

- Keep the background simple, minimize clutter to ensure that the focus of your photo is your baby. If the photo is taken in the natural environment you may blur the background zooming in close to remove all the distracting elements from your photo.

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12 Responses to Creative Tips and Ideas for Taking Better Baby Photos

  1. Rachael says:

    Totally awesome shots and info!

  2. Ben Sanders says:

    These photos are ADORABLE. I’ll be able to use many of these tips as I take photos of our 3 week old firstborn boy :)

  3. Mary-Anne says:

    Soooo cute :) I am a new grandmother of twin boy & girl and will certainly utilize these ideas :)

  4. Keith Ross says:

    GReat pictures…I wish we had taken some like this. I recently got a digital slr and will keep the ISO and fstop settings, and eventualy get a better lens for low-light situations. I also wanted to share some of my ideas for pictures with babies. Maybe your readers could use your photography lessons with these ideas for some great pictures. Thanks for sharing! http://middleclasskeith.blogspot.com/2011/09/8-photo-ideas-for-new-parents.html

  5. jason ross says:

    I’ve moved my site to http://www.ordinaryparent.com and republished my article about photo ideas for new parents. Wanted to let you all know. http://www.ordinaryparent.com/2011/11/08/8-photo-ideas-for-new-parents/

  6. jason ross says:

    wanted to let you know i’ve moved my site away from middleclasskeith. I’m now at http://www.ordinaryparent.com/2011/11/08/8-photo-ideas-for-new-parents/ and have reposted the popular “8 Photo Ideas for New Parents” article that your readers have enjoyed so far. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  7. Ignacio says:

    extraodinary! congratulations. great inspiration source.

  8. Vivika Brasil says:

    Great ideas and cute pictures too.

  9. Mike says:

    Beautiful compositions and light – love your work! Thanks for sharing your skills.

  10. Jasmasutra says:

    Awesome photos, thanks for the tips!

  11. Nikki Comma says:

    Beautiful shots. Good tips too. Thanks for this post!

  12. Veronica Piper says:

    These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I have new Ideas now.