So you have a new baby, a phone camera and your savoring every moment of these precious day’s by snapping more photos in one day than your parents even took of you in your whole life time. You know these photo’s are going to be digital gold one day so your documenting daily and your camera roll is starting to fill up with copious amounts of cuteness and in there is the odd blurry, out of focus photos that you just can’t bring yourself to delete. So how do you make the most of this digital dream that we have such easy access to? And how would a pro newborn photographer use their phone to capture a baby if it was their only option? LET THERE BE LIGHT!The single, most important thing in any photography is the light! Lighting depends on the overall scenario and the look your trying to achieve but the first step to amazing photos and creamy baby skin is playing with your light. And I don’t mean something as simple as turning on the light in the room. Turn that bad boy off! All light bulbs are different temperatures which changes the colour skin. Your best friend in lighting when using your phone to capture your baby is natural light. Open the blinds, diffuse your lights with sheer curtains, move your baby and your phone around until you notice your photo quality improving. Look for unwanted shadows and highlights (really bright areas of the photo) and move your baby accordingly. For shadows you want to move your baby closer to the light and for highlights, further away.
2. TURN ON YOUR CAMERA GRID IN SETTINGS
There is so much more to photography than light and lenses. Composition is one of the top things to learn in creating great imagery. So what is the rule of thirds and how do you apply it to taking photos of your baby on your phone? Simple. Think naughts and crosses. Three squares down and three across. The rules of thirds is the same and the way you position elements of your photo into those squares deeply impacts the overall aesthetic of an image. When taking a photo of your baby you want your babies face to be positioned in either the left or right third of the frame but never in the center. Almost all phones have the ability to turn on the ‘rule of thirds’ grid.
For iPhone: Open the Settings app > Camera > Grid and tap/swipe to turn it on.
Samsung Android: Open the camera app > Settings > Grid lines 3. SAY NO TO NOSE
This is the biggest mistake I see in most baby photography. Beautiful baby, cute clothes, perfectly posed and ‘BAMM’ there it is…a clear view straight up the nose! An untrained eye might not notice it but once you do and you learn the difference between a good angle and a bad angle, you will never take another ‘up the nose’ shot again. Read on to see how I avoid ever taking nosey photos.
4. BODY ZOOM
Never ever use phone camera zoom. It doesn’t work the same way as a lens zoom on a standard camera so avoid using it at all cost. In saying that, a lot of newborn photographers don’t use zoom lenses at all. Most prefer to use a prime lens which has a fixed focal length and doesn’t have the option to zoom. This means the only way to zoom is by using your body to get closer. The same rule applies for phone lenses. The best way you can get clear shots of your baby on your phone is by moving your body and phone closer to the subject.
5. EDIT THOSE BABIES
Last but not least is editing. You don’t have to be a Photoshop pro to achieve some sort of editing on your images and I’m not talking the generic phone edits that are available on your phone or Instagram filters either. I’m talking the number one editing software available to photographers world wide….Lightroom! Lightroom is a sister program to Photoshop. They are both made by the same company and both have the ability to edit photos in various ways. Both are also available as phone apps and can be used to really enhance and take your phone photos to the next level. If you want to learn more about editing phone photos using the Lightroom app go and check out my blog on “10 steps to improve phone photos of your baby using the Lightroom app”. It will give you a detailed description on everything you need to know to get your photos to the next level.
And there you have it. All you need to know to getting the most out of your phone camera when taking photos of your baby. You don’t have to be an expert in newborn photography to know the basics of taking a good photo and hopefully this post gave you the information you needed to take your phone photos to the next level.
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