Photo Obsessed Like Me?
If you are like me, you might just have 70K photos in your phone gallery. I can't help it, I love documenting every part of my little ones lives and I don't always have my camera handy. I actually did a Project 365 this year, where you basically take a photo everyday to post and later make a big album to keep the memories forever! Most days, I didn't have my camera with me, so using the phone it was. I also understand that not everyone can afford newborn photography so if you need to use your phone to get photos of your new little one, take notes from these tips.
- Portrait Mode. If your phone has portrait mode, definitely use it, this will give you a blurry background and will focus on your subject. If you are using an iPhone, you will see a little "f" in the top right corner, if you press that you will see a dial on the bottom of the screen, if you move to the left, the number gets lower (this will make the area that you are focusing on smaller and more out of focus and blurry in the background). If you move to the right, the number gets larger and more will be in focus in the photo.
- It's all about the Lighting. You really need good lighting for the best results. If you are taking your newborns photos inside, go in front of a big window with the light coming in. Make sure if the light is super bright, that its not shining directly in babies face.
- Less is more. Especially when using a phone, its best to not over crowd baby with props, just swaddle them up and put them in a basket (that's safe of course).
- Don't Shoot up the Nose. In newborn photography you learn to never shoot up the nose, its just not a flattering look when you are looking straight up the nostrils, your photos will look much better when shooting down the nose. Shoot from up above or from head down.
- Edit Them. Taking the photos is only one half of the task, take them to the next level with editing. You can download many editing softwares right to your phone. My favorite are Lightroom and Photoshop.
- Regularly Back up your Photos. It is way too easy to break your phone and possibly lose your photos forever. Get photo books made regularly and back them up to iCloud or Google photos.