Things to re­mem­ber on your new­born shoot

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Pos­ing twins

Pos­ing is of­ten a chal­lenge on these shoots, as new­borns lack the strength to hold them­selves up. So plan your poses and be pre­pared to im­pro­vise. If nec­es­sary, ask a par­ent to hold the ba­bies gen­tly in place, as we did here. Keep the arm out of frame, or clone it out af­ter­wards.

3 De­tails and scale

De­tail shots can tell a story, and they’re rel­a­tively easy com­pared to the trick­ier wider por­traits. It’s es­pe­cially nice if you can in­clude a sense of scale, by com­par­ing the par­ent’s hands with the baby’s tiny fin­gers or toes. A black-and-white con­ver­sion can be a good choice here.

5 Mod­est poses

If you want to cap­ture the ba­bies naked, think about pos­ing them to hide pri­vates. This can be tough, if they’re mov­ing around but you can gen­tly move legs to cover things up. You can also shoot sev­eral frames from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to put to­gether a mod­est pose af­ter.

2 Head to­wards the light

Peo­ple look nat­u­ral when lit from above. This is be­cause it’s where we’re used to see­ing light fall on peo­ple – from the sky. This still ap­plies when the sub­ject is ly­ing down, so an­gle their head to­wards the win­dow and their feet away slightly so the light falls on the head from above.

4 Pin-sharp eyes

When the plane of fo­cus is shal­low, we need to fo­cus on the clos­est eye, so move your fo­cus point ac­cord­ingly. With twins, try to get their eyes on the same plane of fo­cus. If they’re not lined up, we can shoot two frames to make sure both are sharp, and then com­bine later.

6 Re­touch spots

A brief re­touch­ing job will help pol­ish things off. Pho­to­shop’s Clone and Spot Heal­ing tools are ideal. Use the Spot Heal­ing tool to re­move spots and marks, and switch to the Clone tool set to 20% opac­ity to grad­u­ally smooth out rough patches or creases in the ma­te­rial.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.