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I've read (in scott kelby's book) a warning not to shoot kids pointing the camera down. Which is something I intuitively deduced myself and bought a right angle viewfinder when I got my D80..

However, I'm not exactly sure what to do with infants. Before they start walking, crawling or even holding the head. Just about the only position I can think of is to put them onto a flat surface and shoot from the side. But that will only capture part of the body and maybe a head if I'm lucky. It will not get whole body. If I put them into a seat, I have to shoot from the top 'cause otherwise, I get all I get as a background is a seat itself.



I'd appreciate some creative comments and suggestions. I already have a ton of boring shots that basically all look the same and I want to do something different...

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I don't care what anyone says, you shoot kids and babies whatever way you can. Whatever works. All you should care about is what shot and you want. There are no rules..

If you want shots from a babies' eye point of view then, hello ground. Why photographer like jeans is revealed. .

If you're in a studio the whole idea is to control the lighting and scene. You can try what you want..

Why not above or any angle ? I shot a newborn from above and a darn nice shot it was too ( OK, not a great shot, but a nice shot - a pleasing result ). I've seen a raft of kids shot from above - angles can make images..

Throw the book away..

StephenG.

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Here are some links to infant sample images/sites.http://www.pbase.com/originart/kid_picshttp://www.pbase.com/portraitsbycynthia/recent_sessionshttp://www.pbase.com/angie_shaffer/little_kids_portraitshttp://www.pbase.com/shariwb/baby_makenahttp://www.pbase.com/tarablehttp://www.pbase.com/aprettypixel/babies.

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Comment #2

Thanks for the links. Quite a few interesting ideas...

Comment #3

I find I'm always laying on the floor or standing on a chair to get a different perspective of my little guy. I have SO many pics that all kind of look the same, I personally think it's kind of neat to take them from different angles....

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Nice links.

Ckb wrote:.

Here are some links to infant sample images/sites.http://www.pbase.com/originart/kid_picshttp://www.pbase.com/portraitsbycynthia/recent_sessionshttp://www.pbase.com/angie_shaffer/little_kids_portraitshttp://www.pbase.com/shariwb/baby_makenahttp://www.pbase.com/tarablehttp://www.pbase.com/aprettypixel/babies.

CkbBe kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kindof battle.visit my sites at http://www.photographybychris.netand at http://www.pbase.com/ckb.

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

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Comment #5

There is this donut shaped thing they make for mother that helps with breastfeeding I think they call it a boppie that you can cover and set your baby in the center and he/she will be sitting up a little this might help you out a little maybe put regular pillow behind so that it supports the babys head it the child it a newborn. My wife and I did this back in the sony cyber shot days before I got my nikon d40..

Comment #6

When I owned a studio .... I shot all my babies on the FLOOR..

It only takes a second for a baby to "roll-over" or otherwise fall..

(That also kept my Light-Stands, back-grounds, and other things "low" ... so IF they happen to fall on the baby .... there was less chance of serious consequences..

SAFETY FIRST .... or the ATTORNEYS will be FIRST !!!.

ShutterGun wrote:.

I've read (in scott kelby's book) a warning not to shoot kidspointing the camera down. Which is something I intuitively deducedmyself and bought a right angle viewfinder when I got my D80..

However, I'm not exactly sure what to do with infants. Before theystart walking, crawling or even holding the head. Just about the onlyposition I can think of is to put them onto a flat surface and shootfrom the side. But that will only capture part of the body and maybea head if I'm lucky. It will not get whole body. If I put them into aseat, I have to shoot from the top 'cause otherwise, I get all I getas a background is a seat itself.



I'd appreciate some creative comments and suggestions. I already havea ton of boring shots that basically all look the same and I want todo something different..

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

( Do You Ever STOP to THINK and FORGET to START Again ??? )..

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