Bouncin' Baby Photography

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Take your camera off Auto! – Part 2 – Camera Controls Part 1 August 26, 2011

Filed under: Camera off auto,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 11:11 am

One of the first things I suggest doing is to sit down and learn your camera. If it were me with a brand new DSLR I would go through the manual. Love the manual, it is your friend. For now little by little I’ll tell you what it says 🙂

If you have a DSLR, your camera dial looks something like this.

Many people use their camera dial without truly knowing what it is doing. You can get great photos using these dials and there is a reason why they are on there.

Auto Modes – Camera Controls

The Auto button (the green button) takes full control. It evaluates a scene and meters itself and creates the settings. You do not adjust the controls at all, the camera will do it for you and it may pop up the flash. This can work or not! This is best used when you are running around in daylight at a state fair and you need to take quick pictures. Many times images are backlit or overexposed. Every once in awhile you could get a winner.

I put my camera on auto and handed it off to my sister-in-law so I could be in the photo. The auto choose the arch as the more important subject matter and we are hidden in the shadow.

Program Mode is a lot like Automatic mode – the camera will still do most of the setup work for you — but it allows you to manually override some settings. I am a big fan of using the Program Mode when I am in a low light situation but need to get the photo fast. I can decide I don’t want anything above 800 ISO so the grain won’t show up too much in my images. If you didn’t understand any of that, don’t worry, I’ll get to all of it. Icon = P

I couldn’t miss that face!

Portrait Mode – Icon = a head in profile. Use this mode when you want a subject in the foreground in sharp focus. Pretty straightforward. If you have good light, a still subject, and the main focus of the image will be a face, use Portrait Mode.

Check, check, check. Good light, beautiful still model, and the image is focused on her beautiful face…Portrait Mode is a good choice.

Macro Mode – Icon = a flower. Use this mode for extreme close-up shots. This is great for your still objects. Again, you need to watch your light. Most lenses that come with your DSLR are not specifically macro lenses, but this mode will allow for better close up images. To really get the eye of a bug image, you will need a macro lens.

Notice how blurry the background is. This is because the macro mode is focused on the butterfly.

Night Scene Mode – Icon = starry field. Use this mode when you’re shooting a subject at night. This setting illuminates the subject with the flash, while keeping the shutter open longer to provide more light for the background. Remember when the shutter is open longer you can create blur in your image if you or your subject are not still.

I am not a big fan of the ‘pop-up’ flash that most camera have built into them. I try to avoid using it at all costs, but sometimes there is a use for it. You can actually see the flash reflecting off the dancers head in this image.

Sports Mode – Icon = a running figure. Use this mode for shooting scenes with lots of motion, which you want to capture without blurring. This mode does not exist on earlier models of Canon cameras.

Run! Run!

Landscape Mode – Icon = mountains. Use this mode when you want a wide-angle shot with the background in focus.

For practice try to use each one of these modes this weekend. Let me know how it goes.

Next… the creative side of the dial.

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Tips from a professional maternity photographer July 18, 2011

Filed under: Maternity,Prep,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 10:46 am

Here are some tips for the do it yourselfer’s…

1 – Use a self timer and experiment! Set the camera on a tripod or a higher piece of furniture and work those curves.

2 – Rub that belly. Before taking pictures remove elastic on your tummy for 1-2 hours and massage the belly with lotion.

3 – Wear tight fitting clothes or break out the cute boy shorts and tank tops and strike a pose.

4 – Ask a partner to stand on an area higher than you and shoot downwards towards the belly for a better view.

5 – Photograph yourself in the mirror (no flash).

6 – Simplify your surroundings – remove the clutter so you can focus on the tummy.

7 – If you have other children, get them involved. Ask them to take a picture or use a self timer on both of you.

And if you go the professional route:

1 – Do your research and find a photographer who specializes in pregnancy portraiture – and newborn too!

2 – Don’t settle – find a photographer whose work you enjoy and don’t just grab anybody.

3 – Decide where you are most comfortable- home or on-location such as the park.

4 – Get plenty of sleep before the big day.

5 – On the day of the shoot, eat a great big meal and lots of water. Pregnancy sessions can be tiring. You want to be well-fed and hydrated.

6 – Rest up and don’t stand too much before your session.

7 – If the veins in your hands are bulging, raise them up above your head for a few minutes between photos.

8 – Grab your partner, baby’s sibling or pets and include them in the photo.

9 – Bring sentimental items such as baby shoes, jewelry, or items handed down from other generations, and include them in the photo.

10 – Have fun and relax. There is no other time quite like this!

 

Take your camera off Auto! – Part 1 – The camera July 16, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 6:32 pm

First the camera,

I often get asked what camera I would recommend, besides a point and shoot. I am a Canon girl so that’s what I suggest. Nikons are comparable but I have heard from others that Canons are more user friendly.  I would recommend Canon EOS Rebel T1i body, or if you have no idea what lens to put on it do the kit with the Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 lens. Start with that and as you become more comfortable, then try new lens. If you want to try out equipment beforehand, you can rent cameras and/or lenses from Pictureline.

The Canon Rebel was my first real camera. It was a long long time ago so when I had my Rebel it was a film camera. I actually still have it, I love it too much to say goodbye completely to film photography. A really great feature that the  Rebel T1i has is the ability to record HD video. A two in one camera! The Canon EF 28-135 lens offers a great range. It is a zoom lens that will allow movement when trying to fit a lot of into the frame.

Creative live is doing an awesome online course to help beginners with the Canon Rebel T31.

What kind of camera do you use?

Coming soon… Part 2 – Starting  with 10 tips to better photos because you didn’t let AUTO decide everything

 

Tips from a professional newborn photographer July 13, 2011

Filed under: Home Visits,Newborn,On-location,Prep,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 11:08 am

1 – Get a professional photographer if you can afford one. If seeking a professional photographer, find one that specializes in newborns. Some photographers will go to the home as well (I do home visits!) so inquire about that. When going to the photographer’s studio, make sure they are prepared to work with newborns and have items such as blankets, wipes, feathers and other necessities.

2 – Have your baby photographed early. I suggest that clients schedule their babies within 1-2 weeks – or within the first 10 days of life. Remember to include siblings as well.

3 – Keep babies warm during the session, especially if your little one is naked. Crank up the heat!

4 – Noise machines work great for fussy babies. If you do not have one, download noise machine sounds to your phone or put a CD in your computer.

5 – Babies love to be cozy – getting warm blankets or materials and laying them in a basket keeps them happy and sleepy.

6 – If possible, turn off the flash and work in natural light. Put the baby in a basket by a window. (the light is coming from the right in the photo above)

7 – Try shooting in black and white – it is classic and timeless.

8 – Get the baby parts! Hands, toes, lips will never be this small again! Get really close!

9 – Get closeups with Dad and Mom (or partners) – it’s a very precious time.

10 – Have patience. When unclothed, babies will poop and pee and make all sorts of messes! A little patience and a paper towel goes a long way!

Hope that helps a little.

 

In-Hospital Newborn Photography July 11, 2011

Cortney Jones brings her experience as an on-location newborn portrait and maternity photographer right to your hospital room to create amazing portraits of the newest addition to your family. Often using the window to take advantage of that great natural light, the portrait session takes place right in front of you. While your baby is the star of this portrait session, any special blankets, hats, or accessories are a welcome addition during the session. Portraits with mom, dad, or other family members can also be accommodated.

If your hospital is contracted with Bouncin’ Baby Photography there is no need to arrange your photo-shoot ahead of time.  Your professional mini photo-shoot will take place in the comfort of your hospital room. Online viewing and ordering is available for 2 weeks to anyone with whom you choose to share your password.

If your hospital is not contracted with Bouncin’ Baby simply call 801.333.3384.  You can book and schedule a session then I will come to your hospital or home within a day or two of your baby’s birth.

PICTURES FROM FIRST DAY PHOTO MAKE A WONDERFUL, LASTING GIFT!

Most baby gifts are only used for a few weeks before baby grows out of them.  So, if you’re a grandparent to be, or a friend, consider giving a unique and thoughtful gift that will be enjoyed for generations.

Hospital newborn sessions are truly special.  The birth of a baby and the precious days that follow are full of breathtaking moments.  As parents, we know how precious those first days are and how quickly they pass, which is why we strive to document the tiny newborn features as they first appear.  Close-ups of baby, tiny hands and toes, and bonding moments with family are priceless memories that we capture during your session.  The newborn stage passes in breathtaking moments and upscale, professional photography will keep those memories flourishing for years to come.

SCHEDULING
Newborn photos are never scheduled too early. Call Bouncin’ Baby Photography if and when you know your baby’s due date to schedule an in-hospital appointment.  If you have a scheduled delivery date or for priority scheduling, please send me an e-mail at cortney@bouncinbabyphotography.com or give me a call at 801.388.3384 to let me know your due date and place of delivery. Add me to your list of people to call or text after the baby is born and we’ll set up the actual session.

If you would prefer to do your session in the comfort of your own home, newborn sessions should be conducted within 2 weeks of baby’s arrival.

PRICING
A $50 deposit fee applies to any newborn or hospital session, for immediate family only.  Additional session fees will apply to sessions outside the 30-mile radius of Farmington Utah.

TIPS for a great photo shoot
In order to best prepare for your newborn photo session, please keep the following suggestions in mind:

–  Bring your favorite baby blanket or afghan from home for use in the photo shoot. Textured blankets look great!  Fuzzy, fluffy and soft photograph very well, and the blanket should be a solid color or have a very simple pattern. Bring a blanket for use as a background or to swaddle your baby.

–  I love to include parent’s hands in our photos.  Wear clear or neutral polish on the day of your shoot.  I want your baby to be the focus of the photos.

–  Bring a solid black, brown or grey shirt or cami  for you to wear in photos.  We may photograph your baby in your arms.  These colors look great in both color and black and white prints.

–  Your baby’s portrait session will also be posted on our password-protected online gallery for easy sharing with family and friends for 2 weeks.

–  I usually photograph baby in just a diaper. Newborns tend to swim in newborn size outfits so there is not need to bring a outfit for your session.  Hats and headbands make an adorable addition to any photo.

–  Boppy® pillows or other support pillows can be a good positioning aid for baby.