LIGHTING FOR STUDIO BABY PHOTOGRAPHY
As a baby photographer, there are lots of options when it comes to lighting. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of getting beautiful photos. As you’ll soon see, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the type of lighting. Over the last 5 years as a baby photographer, I’ve tried all 3 of the main types. Here is an introduction to them as well as the pros and cons of all of them.
NATURAL LIGHT FOR BABY PHOTOGRAPHY
Natural light is the light that most photographers use. Indoor, outdoor, in-studio, wedding, at the park – you name it. Natural light is used in every type of photography.
Pros: It’s free! It’s everywhere.
Cons: You can’t control it. You’re at the mercy of mother nature (rain, dark overcast days). The colour temperature changes throughout the day which will alter your white balance. The direction of the light changes and can be obstructed by buildings/trees etc.
STROBE LIGHT FOR BABY PHOTOGRAPHY
Moving into artificial light – strobes have become more popular in the last few years. I first moved into strobe lighting about 4 years ago after I got frustrated with just how inconsistent natural light can be. Basically, strobes are a light unit which are triggered by a wireless transmitter & receiver which cause a light to flash. For nice soft light (a definite must for baby photography), you would typically use a light modifier such as a softbox or an umbrella.
Pros: It’s consistent. You can move the light instead of moving the baby. The light colour temperature (and therefore your white balance) stays the same. You never have to worry about the weather.
Cons: Extra equipment which can be bulky and annoying to move. Leads etc. which pose an extra safety hazard in your studio. The light itself get incredibly hot and can pose a safety risk. If your equipment fails or there is a power outage, you have no light. Specifically for strobes – the flash (although minor) can startle newborns a little and disturb their sleep.
I hope this has been helpful if you’re a baby photographer and are considering what type of light to use!
I’d love to capture your growing family and newborn memories. If you’re interested in booking a Calgary Photography session for your baby or family please give me a call or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss the details for your customized newborn experience. Newborn Portrait Sessions are best held within the first 2 weeks from birth. Let’s create lasting memories together!
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