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Matadors and a Princess

Help With Lighting

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So I'm snapping away with the camera and trying different poses and all...and when I get the pictures on the computer I found that the one I liked best for lighting was the one pose she wasn't able to do well. I had her on her tummy, but she just couldn't hold her head in a good position, so I rolled her over on her back. So these two shots were within a minute or so of each other, exact same backgrounds and lighting, only difference was her position and mine. Light is natural, coming from a glass door to the outside (on my right) and a skylight (on my left, behind and above me).

 

So why does the one where she can't hold up her head look so much better than the one on her back?

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The lighting is actually probably the same but you just can't really tell because the shadow is falling on her dark hair. Also ... is the camera located in the same place? This looks like the camera is facing her from the side (on the tummy photo) and from the top (on the back photo). Is that right? That could be your difference as well. You could try crossing her arms in front of her and propping her face up on them either looking forward or to the side. Many babies don't stay that way long though so you need to have your camera ready (on a tripod works great) and be quick. It's a really cute and popular pose for baby photos. You can also bring some brightness into the photo during your editing process.

 

Cute baby, by the way! :D

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