Continuing her series on lighting tips for newborn photography, I Heart Faces Creative Team Member, Rachel Durik of Savor Photography, is sharing tips for using off-camera flash with newborns today. You can read her natural light tips here:
I prefer to light newborns with natural light. There’s something about the look of window light that lends itself to newborn sessions. However, when you’re at the mercy of nature, you have to be prepared for less-than-stellar light days. Like this one.
Can you see that? Neither can I. Enter flash. By simply setting up one light at the edge of the bed, we’re back in business – literally!
1. Set Up Your Light
2. Position Light and Baby
When I’m using a flash instead of natural light, I still like to think of the flash as a window and position the flash and the baby as I would if the flash were a window. In this case, the flash was at about a 45 degree angle from the baby. You’ll likely want to avoid flash straight on. It can cause unflattering shadows and flatten the image. Off to the side is a good place to start.
3. Consider the Power of Your Flash
A lot of times, the goal of a newborn session is to keep baby asleep. When you have a birght and powerful flash going off in his or her face every five seconds, you’re running the risk of waking baby up. Instead, dial down the power or move the flash away.
4. Diffuse the Light
If you have a soft box or umbrella, you’ll want to use it to diffuse the light. I like to either bounce light off my umbrella or shoot through it. Direct light will make a much harsher look, which may not be the look you’re going for in a newborn shoot.
5. Combine Light Sources
If you still have any available window light, use it in addition to your flash. Just be conscious of where your light sources are and act accordingly.
If you want to take better newborn images, check out our FREE Newborn Photography Guide with links to over 100 of the best newborn photography tutorials, tips and ideas compiled from across the web!