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We have three week old twin girls and I have a question on how to improve my shots through camera settings..

D50Sb-60018-200 vr50 f/1.8.

Below are a few examples - With respects to camera settings, what changes should I be making to make these ok shots into great shots?.

Should I be selecting a specific fstop for baby shots? is it a matter of focal distance? should my dof be at least x?.

I would appreciate any feedback..

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1/60 - f/5 - 34mm - iso400.

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1/60 - f/4 - 50mm - iso400.

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1/60 - f/5 - 60mm - iso400.

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1/60 - f/4 - 50mm - iso400.

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1/40 - f/4.8 - 48mm - iso200.

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1/40 - f/3.2 - 50mm - iso400..

Comments (8)

1. IMVHO, you can't go wrong with a shallow DOF. Try f/1.8 or 2.xFor example, I love the last picture.

2. Make sure you take pictures of them seperately too. Make sure you leave some clue as to their identity.

3. B&W prints make powerful images.

Warm regards,DOF..

Comment #1

Don't be offended from my opinion...that said....

1) The side by side poses make them look like siamese..

2) They may be a bit too young for poses on their own. Suggest you take some shots with their mother..

3) The last shot with the little hands is good. Need some cropping. Just crop in tight with only the tip of your 2 fingers with the 2 tiny fits gripping it the frame. That is a powerful shot if you crop it right..

4) You can make babies respond by having someone holding a mobile or a noise maker to attract their attention. Timing is everything... You will get better as time goes..

5) Look at other poeple's work to give you ideas on poses and shot angle. And don't be affraid to experiment. Make sure you always keep your babies safety in mind..

Good luck..

J. English..

Comment #2

Just a suggestion. In a couple of weeks..

Your last shot, more DOF (f8- f11) maybe less, focus on their eyes, make a noise - get their attention, shoot when both are looking streight at camera..

Their little hands, holding your finger, looking at you.Experiment.

Tom..

Comment #3

I agree with those who said that the last picture is the best. Very good composition (and FWIW I wouldn't crop it)..

Generally, though, the biggest problem is that most of them are 'flat'. They have very even lighting and this is never good. The easiest and best light to use is diffuse window light..

Often the best pictures of babies (and children generally, in fact) are taken from very close. Closeness suggests intimacy; too far away and you are an outside observer..

Be sure to take pictures with the adults and older children in their lives - including yourself..

And while we all understand the cuteness (and sometimes comedy!) factor of twins, do think about their individuality too...

Comment #4

I agree with most of comments but would like to add 2 additional ones:.

1. Light - try creating a situation where the light is coming from differren directions or just from one side. If the light is shining strait on them the picture will appear "flat"..

2. A too buzy background is distracting. Plain white sheets can increase contrast and make things ore interesting, perhaps just with one additional colourfull item but one that attracts attention to the babies and does not distract from them..

Jon.

Hobby only. If I would take pitures in RAW I wold never get them printed (lack of time)!!!Photographing mushrooms, trees and family...

Comment #5

Beautiful kids. Did you photoprocess the photos? You might adjust levels or curves and run USM to give the photos some punch..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #6

I took this picture with a old p&s camera and was in the stress of being very new father!.

The picture has quie a few flaws but the light helped me and I guess when looking at it the attention is drawn strait to the face..

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Jon.

Hobby only. If I would take pitures in RAW I wold never get them printed (lack of time)!!!Photographing mushrooms, trees and family...

Comment #7

Experiment with DOF etc...an external flash helps as well..

I try and capture intimate moments between my wife and daughter. None of my shots are set-up, I try and capture day to day things, real memories that I have from spending time with my family. I think that these mean the most to me..

I think it gets a little easier to photograph kids as as they get a little older and more interactive..

Some shots of my daughter....

1 week.

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1 month.

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3 months.

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5 months.

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7 months.

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9 months (recent).

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Enjoy every minute with your beautiful kids...time will fly by!.

Congratulations....

Don..

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