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06-19-2005, 09:18 AM

Ok, let’s work on our portrait photography! Show me your baby.

You don’t necessarily need the most expensive camera and equipment to improve your own photographs. All you need is a basic point and shoot camera, some natural light, and of course, an adorable subject!

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to take lots of pictures. And with a digital camera there is no “waste”! Take 50 digital photos and be happy to get two or three amazing shots. This is all part of the learning process. And of course, children are always making different expressions and if you keep shooting, you are bound to capture that special one!

Not taking enough pictures is a mistake but probably the biggest mistake is not being close enough to the subject. By not making your subject the focus of the photograph, you have a “meaningless” image. For instance, when you take a photo of a child on a swing in the back yard, your eye is drawn to all the clutter first…the swing set, the lawnmower by the shed, the toys in the sandbox and so on. But, when you zoom in on the child and leave out the clutter, the image has so much more character. The child is the star of the image and the photograph has a much different feeling.

Do a test one day to see how close your camera will let you get. Try “wasting” 25 photographs. Take the same picture four times, moving two feet each time. The first at 8 ft, second at 6ft, third at 4ft, and last at 2ft. Then look at them on the computer and you can easily see how close your camera will allow you to get.

If you are really feeling creative, you might spend a few dollars on a shower curtain rod and some solid colored sheets or fabric. Put the curtain rod with the sheets across two kitchen chairs and bingo! Your own little “shoot”. Have fun the possibilities are endless.

A mistake many people make is using their on-camera flash. Granted, there are times when it’s a must…indoor birthday parties, Christmas Eve, that spur of the moment shot. However, on camera flashes are positioned in such a way that they miss the emotion. They can create odd and distracting shadows that look unnatural. The key is to find a spot in your home--a large window, an open door, inside your garage--and set up your shoot there. You also want to try to have the light coming in from the side for the most natural look. Be aware of how the light is hitting the eyes. Catch lights are very important to a good photograph. See how the light looks on your subject and move them around if you need to. If you don’t have a very well lit area, try using a faster speed to help give you some extra light.

Once you have found a good background and location, and have turned off your flash, you are ready to have some fun. The next thing to consider is your subject. Make sure it is a good time for the subject. Generally when they are well rested and fed, they are in a great mood for a photo shoot. However, sometimes they might need a little coaxing. When using props, try to keep them simple and elegant, so as to not distract from the child. For younger children, props sometimes serve as an attention getter and will keep them in place longer. As for clothing, simple is better. Light solid colors without designs and patterns look the best.

Experiment with different camera angles and positions. Get down on the floor and look the child eye to eye. Try turning your camera for some different effects. Avoid telling children to say “cheese”. Talk to them, tell them some jokes. Have them talk to you! Remember, they don’t always have to be smiling, or even looking at the camera for that matter, to get a terrific shot. Also, don’t always leave your camera horizontal! Be sure to turn it vertically also for a more “portrait” feel.

By shooting more pictures, getting closer, and finding the right light you are sure to get some great shots! Simplicity is the key to capturing in a photo what you see with your heart. Have fun creating these “Baby, me Baby” photos!


• Photo must be of a child
• Photo must be taken within the last week (or so) :thumbsup:
• May be colour or B&W
• May be done inside or out
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06-19-2005, 10:41 AM
how illegal is it for me to steal a baby to photograph?

06-19-2005, 10:49 AM
LOL!! I guess it depends on if you give it back!

The baby does not have to belong to you as long as you have permission from the parents or gardian to make and use the photographs.

06-19-2005, 12:00 PM
not my kid, but my sister in law's friend's kid. so hey, its close enough.


06-19-2005, 12:08 PM
:thumbsup: Cute kid Skate342. The photograph itself could have been better if you had gotten him to face more to the light and maybe talked him out of that scowl. :p
Thanks for posting!

06-19-2005, 01:16 PM
i quite like the contrast on his face and the shaddows. he really dosn't look happy about you taking his photo though ;)

06-19-2005, 02:12 PM
Ok, where are all those children everyone is always talking about! Get those camera's out and show us those beautiful babies!

My children are all grown but here is an example using my Grand-daughter Isabel.

These fotos were made with a Toshiba PDR-M60 - 400 ISO - Cropped in Photoshop Elements. The soft focus was done by duplicating the foto and layering it, Gaussian blur added to the underlayer and an alpha value of 75% on the upperlayer.



06-19-2005, 02:14 PM
Skate: I like the expression, but I agree the face is too dark, and I find the diagonal pattern of the background distracting.

06-21-2005, 01:47 PM
I found this one while going through pics for Week 17's Theme:


06-21-2005, 06:14 PM
Oh how adorable!! :-) WHERE have you been EVP??? Did you get lost on that trip to the train car??

06-21-2005, 06:23 PM
I usually am not here during the weekends and I got a call on Monday morning from a client 2 hours away that needed me to be on site :-S

and the train car was moved.....luckily I remembered that we had a fundraiser to transport a historic log moving locomotive up to the local logging museum, so that is the shot that you got.

06-21-2005, 06:29 PM
You are just amazing! :-)

06-23-2005, 02:45 PM
Here's a recent one:


More here (http://kids.adambuttress.com/).

06-23-2005, 07:08 PM
haikumania! what a beautiful child!
Did you have the "Vivid" turned on ? I think the colours are a bit too vivid, which gives her skin a washed out look against her beautiful dark hair but the shot is a great one.
The link you have to the other fotos is REALLY Great! I enjoyed looking through all the fotos and it loads so quick. Great job on that site haikumania! :thumbsup: I am in the process of doing a website for my 9 grand-children. I have been searching for an idea how to display so many fotos!

Ms Pamela

06-23-2005, 08:04 PM

The photo I linked to had some post-processing on it in photoshop...sometimes the effects work better than others...I agree this one washed her out a bit...sometimes I think I fall into a rut of doing too much post-processing and I need to go back to just making only minor tweaks.

Here's a link to the prior version of the site...very different theme from the current one.


06-23-2005, 08:12 PM
Ooh! I Like that one too! maybe better.... I had the idea to put their artwork up also! What a neet way to do it! Thanks for the ideas! I really like the look of the album but maybe if I change it to something with a less old feeling.... You know how kids are, they want things new, bright and shiney! LOL and having 9 of them to contend with, not to mention their parents, I have my work cut out for me. :-)

Ms Pamela

06-23-2005, 08:21 PM
OH I just saw the video links! HOW ADORABLE!! the video's are so clear and they load very well!! How did you accomplish this?

06-23-2005, 08:21 PM
I like the second site MUCH better. Really nice work haikumania.

06-23-2005, 08:22 PM
I think I like the old design better too, but I wanted to do something different (and mostly just wanted to try to expand my actionscripting), so I made the new one which is completely dynamic...I haven't updated the artwork in a long time, so I don't think it presents very well...the thumbnails are all the wrong size. I also never added audio clips of the kids talking like I wanted, but the pictures and occasional videos were good for the out of town relatives to keep up on the kids.

9 grandkids must provide you with plenty of subjects to practice the photography.

06-23-2005, 08:26 PM
Unfortunately, they all live in the US so I only get to see them once a year and then only some of them as divorces have a way of seperating Grandmothers as well as Parents. :-( But I do the best I can.

I am really impressed with the way you did the videos... and yes it would certainly be a great way to show the rest of the family since all the Aunts and Uncles live here in Europe and all the children live in the US.

06-23-2005, 08:26 PM
OH I just saw the video links! HOW ADORABLE!! the video's are so clear and they load very well!! How did you accomplish this?

I just compressed the videos using Sorenson Squeeze and published them as .swfs...then I just load them into a container clip once you click the thumbnail. I go ahead and load the whole thing before I play them so there's no interruption., but you could just as easily start to play them after a certain percentage was loaded and probably be okay. The controller I just downloaded from somewhere...can't remember where.

It's nice because my audience (family) mostly has broadband, so I don't have to try and make things too small.

06-23-2005, 08:36 PM
I just had a look at Sorenson Squeeze. It looks like a very easy to use program. Thanks for the info. Now, if I can just learn a bit more about this "Streaming" stuff! LOL Granny that I am, it take a bit for me to catch on! But I am learning. ;-)

Thanks again for sharing such great work and some beautiful fotos!

06-23-2005, 08:41 PM
Thanks for looking...you know a proud dad can never have enough people looking at his beautiful kids. :)

06-23-2005, 08:48 PM
You certainly have a lot to be proud of! Great work and beautiful children.

Now, you would think the rest of FK would be in here Boasting ummm... I mean Posting! :p

06-25-2005, 11:43 AM
Now that MSPamela encouraged me to look around here, I've registered as a member and try to post a picture I took a few weeks ago. The boys are sons of my brother- and sister-in-law, and while one of them is playing a game on my PDA, the other looks as if to ask: when is it my turn?...
The foto was taken with a Sony Cybershot F828, with extra flashlight turned sideways.
Hope you like it!


06-25-2005, 11:54 AM
WOW! Look at those blue eyes! Great job PiCoNL! Welcome aboard! Hope we see a lot more of your work here in the forum.

06-27-2005, 11:19 PM
well, coop just turned two...does that qualify?


too bad we can't post images (http://www.echohive.com/images/coop_climb.jpg) from (http://www.echohive.com/images/coop_face.jpg) past (http://www.echohive.com/images/coop_head.jpg) weeks (http://www.echohive.com/images/coop_hug.jpg). ;) :)

06-27-2005, 11:52 PM
Nordberg, OH HOW CUTE!!! I love the one of him looking out the doggie door!! And the pumpkin patch one should be framed!! simply adorable!
btw, I added a bit of wording to the rules... :angel: Maybe this will help get some more fotos in here! LOL Rules can be changed! :thumbsup: In fact, it might be neat to see some older with the new! Oh and "Baby" is not defined with an age limit! :p

06-28-2005, 12:33 AM
thanks MsPam, he's a fun little fella :)

those shots of Isabel are really cool. the overal palette is amazing, and she really seems to be acting herself. you can really tell in that second shot. you've obviously have a rapport with her. cool stuff.

aren't kids really fun to shoot? they almost make it easy. like everyone's shots here, getting down on the child's level is a great way to a great shot. a lot of communication is eye to eye, and it's certainly no different when you are seeing through a lens.

great info in your opener. this place rocks! :smoov:

06-28-2005, 12:46 AM
Thanks Nordberg. She is as most children at that age, a Ham! My son calls her our little Hambone!
I was pleased with the colours and how even though they are not your normal "child" colours, they accented her colouring well.
Yes Children are fun to photograph! They are so natural and they give us a chance to be young ourselves again, if only for a few moments while coaxing a smile!
You are lucky to have such a young one! You have years of fun ahead of you. Enjoy!

Ms Pamela

07-11-2005, 04:50 AM
Nords, and everyone else, those pics just make me wanna have my own kids!

Thanks for those cutes photos, I smiled when I saw those pics.

Speak of lighten up my day. :)

07-11-2005, 04:55 AM
Glad we could cheer up your day! :-)
Luvenny, you should go out and take a few pics of kids........... they are great to watch and such hams when you point a camera at them!

07-11-2005, 05:07 AM
You know, that is a great idea.

The only prob is, here at where I live, pointing camera to a random kid will lead to a bigger problem =P
Especially if we try to get a close up pic of them.

And I don't have "access" to a not random kid.

Oh well...

07-11-2005, 11:01 AM
LOL! You just live in the US! Well, I have often just walked up to a playground and explained to a parent that I am a photographer and ask if I could photograph their child. Usually they are quite nice and say yes!

07-11-2005, 11:10 AM
i don't think it is "right", but i think parents will be much more willing for an unfamiliar woman to take photos of their child than an unfamiliar man.

[back on topic/] there are some brilliant photos in here, i especially like nord's pic with the cat/dog flap :D

07-14-2005, 07:52 PM
While in the park today I saw this Beautiful Child! Of course you are right Carly and I thought about what you said while I was asking the parents if I could fotograph this little beauty.



08-09-2005, 12:00 AM
...sugar for my Baby!


08-11-2005, 04:49 PM
I have been on Flashkit for a while now and just noticed the Photography forum.. I love it and inspired me to add a photo.. Hope this is ok..This is my daughter and our new beagle(well new last summer). Shot with a Canon EOS10D. I tried to sneak up on them because she was talking to Copper, face to face but they saw me and this is what I got.. Hope you like


08-11-2005, 04:51 PM
Ok, how do you insert the image like the ones above?


08-11-2005, 04:58 PM
I just wrote this for someone at another forum I visit :

================================================== ========

Well I uploaded it to my webspace (so it was then accessable on the net, not just my hard drive)

It's URL became this :


Then to get it to display in my post I put at the start and at the end... like this...

[img]http://www.robbmc.com/fk/jimi.jpg[/img*] (without the * obviously)

So for example the logo in the top left, it's URL is :


So I type this in my post :


Which gets displayed as this :



08-11-2005, 05:26 PM
My son, MVP ;).

08-11-2005, 06:04 PM
Have you registered the username MVPohovich?


08-11-2005, 06:05 PM
GKBDave, I fixed it for you. :-) Great foto! Those eyes on your daughters dog are so full of expression!! He looks like he would put up with anything from her.

EV, you did it again!! Great shot of your son in the water! Amazing how you got the movement there!

08-11-2005, 06:33 PM
Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed
18.0 - 55.0mm
Focal Length

Nothing special, just 1/25th of a second exposure, handheld.

08-11-2005, 07:30 PM
Thanks.. He did let her do anything.. Thanks for showing me how to post pictures..

08-12-2005, 08:45 AM
cool shot E! why did i think you had all daughters for some reason?

where you been pam?

08-12-2005, 08:56 AM
where you been pam?

Illness in the family has kept me busy lately. I try to get in here long enough to answer what questions I can but for the next few weeks it will be a bit rough. My partner is having bi-pass surgery next week. He has been very sick the last few weeks.

Ms Pamela

08-12-2005, 09:09 AM
sorry to hear that. i hope all goes well...good thoughts coming your way :)

08-12-2005, 12:11 PM
No nords, I have two girls and a son, the youngest. Kristi has two girls and a son also, except her son is the oldest.

Positive thoughts Ms.P

yeah, yeah, the Brady Bunch references have already been made.....

08-12-2005, 01:49 PM
yeah, i remember the brady bunch stuff, but somehow thought you had SIX girls.
nobody needs that...!

08-12-2005, 02:14 PM
...somehow thought you had SIX girls....!

:yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

I couldn't even image six girls

08-15-2005, 11:48 AM
Hey thanks for showing me how to do insert pic.. for some reason it wouldn't work..

i will give it another try.. I posted my pics on Flickr so that they would be easy to get to.. I am going to try and do it here to see if anyone can figure out what I am doing wrong..

08-15-2005, 11:50 AM
Ok that didn't work either.. ugghhh

08-15-2005, 12:14 PM
gkbdave, edit your post, and around the url, put 'image tags', like this.....


[edit] by the way i think you may have posted this pic in the wrong thread anyway!?

08-15-2005, 12:19 PM
thanks but that is what I exactly did.. that url that is there is what I put in between the tags

08-15-2005, 12:31 PM
aha, delete the '?v=0' off the end. that'll do it (i just previewed it and it worked for me). edit your post and delete the junk off the end of the url :)

[edit]message to the mods- once this is all sorted please feel free to go back and delete my posts here as i have cluttered up this page, and i can't delete them myself :(
thank you!!

08-15-2005, 01:07 PM
Thanks Carly,
That worked.. appreciate the help..