By guest blogger: Rich Bucich

This is the first installment of my tips to help you take better photographs of your baby. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting individual issues that will have a dramatic effect on the quality of your photographs. In this episode, I’ll go over auto-focus and how it is impacted by light.

Baby portraits are the most challenging photographs to take. At Tiny Prints, we receive a large number of pictures from you everyday and hear all of your struggles and frustrations first hand.

As a new parent, catching the perfect pose is as much about luck as it is about planning. The good news? There are a lot of things that you can do to help your odds without a lot of effort.

First of all, the auto-focus feature on your camera uses contrast not distance to focus. This is why you can shoot through glass at distant objects.

Secondly, in poor lighting, your camera may have difficulty finding focus or focus on an unintended area. For example, a sleeping baby’s face has little contrast which can confuse a camera. This is why you might have a well focused blanket but a blurry baby in your photographs.

Thirdly, poor lighting includes most indoor photography, even in seemingly well lit rooms.

While I will go into more detail at a later date, remember that the importance of focus accuracy increases as light decreases.

If you keep these issues in mind, you can see why light becomes one of the most important aspects of good baby photography. The same rules apply for many other types of photography, however. Our Tiny Prints website also has many effective tips with examples which may be helpful as well.

Leave me a comment if you have any questions and stay tuned for Episode II.

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