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Pamela A. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/3/2005

How to Shoot Infant Feet

I have tried to shoot baby feet and never seem to get the lighting or background or something quite right. I have seen so many wonderful baby pics, and I have limited lighting resources. My niece is asking for photos of her daughter and 4-year-old son. Any suggestions on background and lighting? Thanks! Pam

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6/6/2006 6:00:38 PM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Good Morning, Pam,
As far as background, you can use anything; satins are very nice and I keep them in several colors, including the baby pinks and blues. I have mom or dad hold the little feet in cupped hands, and as I go to expose, I have them release their thumbs as if the little feet are just laying in their hands.
As almost always when shooting standard portraits in studio, I set my Nikon D70 or the Fuji S2 to 200 f22 (the f stop may vary if using a fixed lens camera - but this works for most SLRs).
I use one light and lift it high and then have the light head pointing down until I have the desired light on the subject. The settings on your lights will depend on the power of the light head and your needs at the time.
Note: If you have tested your lights in the regular studio setting and are good to shoot your portraits, there should be no need to adjust the settings for this shot ... you should be fine.
More on all this in the Studio Photography threads 1-21.
I do hope this has helped,

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6/7/2006 6:31:56 AM

stacey c. damon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/12/2004
  Hi, Try putting the baby in front of a big window light source, your camera on a tripod and shoot with the available light there. It is soft and pretty to get those little toes. The background I always try to use something like the baby blanket or pretty white baby bedding with lace etc. I do shoot on location for these portraits and prefer to use familar things for the family. To add the brother to the picture use your wide angle on the feet with his face blurred a little in the background-or his hand touching the baby's feet still with his face a little out of focus...just some ideas. Keep backgrounds simple and light source soft. Good luck!

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6/13/2006 4:20:24 PM

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