Photographing Babies and their Parents: Depth of Field

Photographing babies and their parents is not always very easy, but you can do it if you take a little time to learn the necessary skills. One of the main topics you will need to know about is depth of field. Having this knowledge will help you to get the best out of a few frames, or assist you in creating the right image for the parents. It is, after all, not just about photographing babies, but picturing them as part of a larger family unit.

Baby in Focus

It is natural to assume that the parents will want their child in focus, perhaps with other family members slightly out of focus. Rather than go for the classic baby-face shot, you might consider making the center of the focus a hand or foot, or maybe a distinctive piece of clothing. These can all help you to make the photograph more interesting.

Shallow Depth of Field

A shallow depth of field helps to bring the focus naturally to the baby, and can help to illustrate the family feel of the picture. A shallow depth, with perhaps only the main parts of the parents being discernible, can be combined with a fast shutter speed to illustrate that the child is the center of the parent's world, without loosing the impact of the photograph.

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