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Old Oct 11, 2004, 7:29 PM   #1
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Could people please post some of their favorite baby shots?

I'm going to attempt some black and white baby shots and mom/baby shots in a week or two for my cousin. The mom has dark, straight hair with very light skin. The baby, too, has these deep, dark eyes and light skin. These will be a gift in honor of her baptism.

I have ordered a 24" X 24" soft box and I have a huge southern exposure in the room where I'll be taking the picture. I got some white muslin at the fabric store to drape behind them.

Questions for you:

1. How do you prevent babies from peeing on the new white muslin??

2. How do you set up the lighting? Would it work best to have the baby elevated (on a bed?) to get that shot at the baby's level?

3. I'm using a Canon Rebel with a lens that says 75-300mm. I don't know exactly what that means except that I can get so much closer to subjects than I used to be able to. How do I avoid problems with depth of field for the baby when at an angle? (How do you keep both eyes in focus?)

4. I want to use 100 or 200 film so it is not as grainy. Will that work when it is indoors?

(YES, I"M SUCH A NOVICE!!):angry:

5. Can one of you just come to Wisconsin and help me through this first shoot???

6. The only B & W film in this area is 400 speed. Yes, I live in the hicks. Where do you get film that will give you good enlargements??

:-)JUST KIDDING, WELL, NOT REALLY!!

Thanks in advance for any help.

Anyone who could post their favorite baby shots or hints or ideas...please do so. I just really want to make a nice keepsake for my cousin.




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Old Oct 11, 2004, 8:26 PM   #2
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Hi, check my last post of my 4 months old niece.

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Old Oct 12, 2004, 6:55 AM   #3
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Three I like but are not the greatest shots, all hand held with canon digital rebel, no special lighting etc












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Old Oct 12, 2004, 7:23 AM   #4
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You have probably seen this one as Ive posted it before. Taken outside (drebel) 300mm lens, against the house wall in natural light on an overcast cloudy day.




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Old Oct 13, 2004, 9:26 AM   #5
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If you like any of these, I am happy to say how I did them...all the best.



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Old Oct 13, 2004, 9:35 AM   #6
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wonderful shots Freefly
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Old Oct 13, 2004, 11:54 AM   #7
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Thank you kindly.....8)
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Old Oct 15, 2004, 10:50 PM   #8
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Babies that age sleep a lot, so you may want to mentally plan for what you would do if the child won't wake up when you want him to. Mom and child sleeping shots are very sweet and romantic (in an "idealistic" sense), so that could work for you.

The most difficult thing I faced with young children is getting (and keeping) thier eyes looking up. Sometimes they get fascinated with their toes or a button on a new outfit, then all they want to do is look down. Colorful feather dusters seem to be the local professionals' trick - a little tickle under the chin and then at a slow-ish speed hold it over your head. javascript:emoticon(':crazy:', 'images/emoticons/crazy1.gif') Practice coo-ing too.

You want to avoid startling or scaring the child - puffy red eyes are difficult to clean up. (a joke)

Muslin is washable and (I think) inexpensive.

All the best,
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Old Oct 17, 2004, 7:53 PM   #9
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I like that feather duster idea. Thanks again, everyone! We shoot this week...I'm very excited.
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Old Oct 17, 2004, 9:10 PM   #10
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Here is a shot I took of my 4 yr old son while he slept.

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