Newborn photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography out there. Parents, especially first time parents, are usually so over the moon with the birth of their babies that they want a little memento to mark the occasion by. Babyhood is also quite a precious thing and is unfortunately something that is extremely fleeting and that is the reason why there is such a boom with regards to newborn photography lately. If this is something that you want to try out as a sort of expansion for your photography career, then you should seriously start looking at props that you should collect.
Props make newborn photo shoots look fun and interesting. Although they are practically statement pieces themselves, what you need to keep in mind is the fact that the long and short of it all is that the photo shoot should focus on the baby. The props should serve as a somewhat interesting compliment to the baby but it should never steal the attention from the baby. Here are a few things that you might need.
Hats make awesome props for baby photography and something that you should definitely include in your collection. What most photographers do is they take a few shots of the baby sans the hats or the headgear first and then go through the motions of putting on different colors and different styles of hats on the baby’s head. Sometimes, parents may want to interject and weigh in on the kind of hats to be used so just to be safe, it would be best if you ask for their permission before fitting the baby with any kind of hat or headgear, for that matter. Since hats themselves are already loud and interesting enough, it is best to stick with a fairly neutral or canvas-like wrap or blanket to go with it, just so that there aren’t too many things going on in a picture all at once.
Crates make for really versatile props. If you are creative enough with them, you can come up with different kinds of looks and poses by pairing them with an assortment of blankets and furs before you put the newborn baby inside. They are also the cheapest ones out there. Try to go for something that is wooden for that natural and sort of vintage vibe. When looking for crate to include in your prop box, try to look for something fairly faded and old because it tends to come off looking charming. Go for something that has prints to add some sort of character to them.
Baskets will also make great additions to your list of props for newborn photography. There are so many different types of baskets out there and so many ways to use them that you will surely enjoy shopping for them alone. Use them with a wide assortment of faux furs, blankets, and wraps and you will surely get awesome and breathtaking photos that will be literally worthy enough for the books.
Wedding photographers have had this long standing argument about shooting in RAW over JPEG. Believe it or not, it is actually not as trivial as it seems. There are some major and valid points out there that can really more or less push you towards making a decision between the two. What this article aims to do is to dissect the different advantages or benefits that come along when wedding photographers choose to shoot in RAW. At the end of the day, it really isn’t just about a matter of preference. There are some solid facts about shooting in RAW format that the newer and less experienced wedding photographers can learn about and make use of at some point.
Understand what RAW is
For starters, it’s important to know and understand what RAW files are and what is so special about them. The RAW file format basically captures all of the necessary and related information or data that is being recorded by the camera’s sensor when the photo is being taken. Think of it as what the human eye sees directly compared to having another gadget attached to the brain to relay the images that is being seen by the human eye. That is pretty much the closest analogy to how RAW files work. JPEG images are auto edited by the camera and because of the need to lessen the amount of memory space being used, the images are often compressed. That results to technically losing all of the other information that comes along with the original image which can be crucial when it comes to image resolution and just quality in general.
Highest quality of photos
One of the most important benefits of RAW and mainly the driving force as to why wedding photographers prefer it so much is because it delivers the highest quality of photos. It is impossible to get anything higher than RAW. It is the best of the best out there. Again, this is attributed to the fact that wedding photographers are getting information directly from the sensor of the cameras and the images are basically untouched. Shooting in JPEG though will usually auto edit the files and they are processed automatically. The camera is not as instinctive or as smart as a skilled photographer and his powerful computer software for editing photos and that is why JPEG is such a turn off for those who would like to stay pure in the art form.
High level of brightness
Let’s talk numbers. The levels of brightness between a JPEG file and a RAW file are just downright insane. JPEG files only range up to 256 levels of brightness. A raw file’s levels of brightness can range anything from 4,000 to 16,000 or more. The difference is almost laughable at best but still worth getting in perspective. This better equips the photographer to take care of issues in the images that are way too common such as posterization when filming horizons or skies. They do not look great in the digital copies and they look even worse in print.
1. Create a shot list that you have pre- agreed with your clients.
Talk to your clients and have everything planned well ahead of time. It is always important to make sure that everything is being thought out before they actually happen. Ask for the most crucial photos that they would like to have that they think they simply cannot do without. Then add in a few items which you think should also be part of that list by all means. Write them down on an actual piece of paper or notebook and keep the list close to you as much as possible. Consult it periodically all throughout the wedding coverage and make sure that you time them and anticipate all of them so that you do not end up missing out on everything. You will eventually get better at this and may not even need an actual tangible list in the future but for now, stick to the written down version so you do not forget anything.
2. Always get your gear backed up and prepare for the worst possible things that can happen.
If you are at an outdoor wedding venue, make sure that you have umbrellas and waterproof bags to cover your expensive equipment with. Make sure that you have a contractual agreement set in place for contingencies like this so that you will be able to adjust the pricing accordingly should it require you to add anything to the basic equipment kit that you are currently using on normal shoots.
3. In wedding photography, timidity will not get you anywhere.
Sometimes, you have to speak up and be a tad bit audacious so that you will be able to get what you are looking for in the shot. You have to make sure that you are able to juggle everything though. It is all a delicate balance that precariously hangs on your head as the photographer. Be bold but not too bold in such a way that you will be perceived as impolite or ill mannered. You will get better at this over time but for now, just tread slowly and try to find your sure footing.
4. Do not keep deleting your images on site.
If you are in the middle of a shoot, you will have the temptation to always check the images you managed to take and end up deleting those that you do not like right off the bat. Try to veer away from doing this because you risk deleting the interesting and odd shots as well. Do the discarding once you are in the actual post shoot process. That will keep things more or less in perspective for you. Once deleted, you know you cannot bring them back so be careful and choose wisely.
5. Lastly, assess your background.
Do not film in messy or unruly backgrounds. It will ruin everything for the shot. Instead, go for something interesting and solid. Opt to go with backgrounds that are neat and those that provide a good enough canvass for the people you are filming.