I have a 5-week-old, so this is a subject near and dear to my heart at the moment.
Originally Posted by DrPablo
The best answer I've come up with is to do environmental portraits, do my metering and focussing and so on before even trying to get the subject involved, and have assistants. The last is really important because of the "setting" issues you mentioned---if there isn't someone else to wrangle the baby, then he has to be in a car seat or swing or something, or else I have to very quickly pose him in one of the few "safe" settings available and hope he manages to look good, while holding still enough to avoid motion blur, without any help. An assistant can either be in the picture themselves, or be in charge of posing the baby and then "rescuing" him immediately after the shot.
I attach a sample, though I certainly wouldn't promote it as a technically perfect work of artistic genius!
Alternatively, specialise in portraits of *sleeping* babies. :-)
Any way you slice it, I think LF portraiture with a noncooperative subject is Just Plain Hard. I'm interested to see what suggestions other people have.
Last edited by ntenny; 05-27-2008 at 02:28 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: added the sample