Using Light and Shadows

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Melissa says:

“This is baby Killian at one week new. I first met this family when big brother came for his newborn session less than 2 years ago. I always love when clients come back with more kiddos!”

Melissa’s Photography Tip:

I feel lighting is a main factor (if not THE main factor) in creating an interesting image. When lighting this session (and all my newborns), I like to use my soft box (though window light will work too) to feather the light at either a 45 or 90 degree angle, which gives a nice soft shadow when done correctly. This will cause the light to feather the front portion of the baby and not directly towards backdrop.

Alternatively, avoid aiming the light down on the baby or right in front of the baby, as it will give you harsh shadows.

And one last note – shadows are good! I think a lot of new photographers are scared of shadows but shadows are what really add dimension to an image. If there’s too little or no shadow, it’s flat lighting, which is very boring! I could do the cutest pose possible and have the most beautiful baby but if I have flat lighting, the image is just average to me.

Adding some depth with shadows opens up that dimension and that creativity. (Also, shooting from the shadow side is a favorite of mine – try it out!)

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Melissa used a Canon 5D MKII with a Canon 35mm 1.4 lens, a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, and a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens to capture these images.

Melissa Jaimes is a Colorado Springs, Colorado Maternity and Newborn photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Lighting.


Need more help with lighting? Melissa is right, in that you can use window light to achieve the same affect here. But being able to use a soft box or other off-camera light really adds a lot to the photographer’s repertoire.

If you’re not too keen yet on off-camera lighting, that’s ok – there’s tons of guides and information out there from those that have mastered it.

 

 

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