Newborn Photography Tips for Creamy Dreamy Newborn Skin

in today's episode we're gonna be talking about all things a newborn skin helping you get those creamy dreamy newborn skin images if we haven't met I'm Lisa from milk and honey photography and the milky way and I inspire empower and educate photographers just like you to create the business work and art of their dreams so today we're talking about newborn skin and I don't know about you but when I was getting started I really struggle with getting those creamy dreamy images I was looking at everybody's work online going I don't know how they do it because out of camera my stuff doesn't look like that so in today's episode I really want to cover with you some of my favorite tricks and tips to help you get that yummy newborn skin now my first tip is actually exposure this is something that happens in your camera and not actually on the computer when you're when you're shooting is so important to be getting that correct exposure making sure that you're checking your settings and dialing things in so the exposure is actually correct and how do you check that you check it by looking at your meter on your camera now typically what I do is I actually overexposed my images around about one third stop I find that I get yummy your skin that way I prefer to overexpose versus underexposing now if your underexposing well you'll find when you're editing is that you may get a little bit of noise and what noise is is that kind of grainy looking stuff and you don't want that because that really it's hard to get really great looking skin when you're under exposing too much now that being said my second tip is shooting raw you're gonna be wanting to shoot in raw mode versus JPEG mode and the reason for that is there's way more data to be able to use with and you have so much more creative control when you pull it into Lightroom or into ACR before you pull it into Photoshop with JPEG you don't have that option and really you're just pulling it in hoping on a wish and a prayer that you got it right in camera when you when you shoot in RAW you're gonna have so much more flexibility to play with the little slider is to make sure that you can train your eye to look for that correct color now my next tip is working with good light now not all light is created equal if you're working with natural light you're going to want to make sure that you're diffusing the light and you're not putting your baby in direct sunlight there is such thing as too much light and putting baby in direct sunlight is not going to give you those results that you're going to want to have if you're using if you're using natural light what I would suggest is covering a window with maybe a shower curtain diffusing it slightly so you're able to get that softer sort of wraparound light now if you're using studio lights actually the course on that it's a numeron studio lighting course that just came out so if you're looking into getting great light for your studio lights you want to make sure that you check that out but a couple tips and I'm going to give you from this is you're going to want to be putting your lights even if it's even if it's natural light you want them on a 45 degree angle and what that means is if you're having out on a 45 degree angle you can kind of see how I'm lit right now I've got light coming right here it's on a 45 degree angle I got some shadow on this side of my face I've got some light on the shine on my side of my face so it gives some dimension now what you want is that for your newborn sessions to you want to be having some dimension if the light were coming just straight ahead onto me that's just gonna flat light it I mean it's good for older skin different wrinkles but if you're looking for the newborn session skin that creamy dreamy newborn skin that we all want to achieve you're gonna want to try working on a 45 degree angle and that is having the light coming at a 45 degree and you're going to know that you've got it because you're gonna look for that little butterfly underneath baby's nose I'm going to share with you a little picture so you can see that too now my next tip when you're getting started is also avoiding really bright colored blankets you're gonna want to start especially when you're when you're first getting started you're gonna be attracted to these really poppy colored blankets reds and blues and greens the problem is when you're lining it back color it's gonna balance back onto baby's skin it's called a color cast and it can cause things you can have babies extra red extra green extra blue you don't want that so my tip to you is when you're first getting started just try some simple neutral color blankets probably White's probably creams so you're able to practice your lighting and looking and looking for that great light looking for that butterfly shadow and looking for that correct exposure to work on getting that creamy dreamy skin now my next tip is you don't expect not to do any editing my friends I always edit my images not I mean you get you will get some babies that walk in and they have this beautiful skin it's creamy it's dreamy already straight out of camera it looks good but don't expect that you're gonna get every single baby like that some babies have blemishes they've got milk mustaches they've got things on their face little dry flakes if they've been over baked a little bit to expect it to do editing don't compare what you are getting out of you're fresh out of your camera with everybody else's edited images all professionals edit their image and so expect to do that too so one of the plugins I love to use in Photoshop is one called portraiture by a company called imagine omec and what it does is you have a degree of levels you can soften the skin at I typically have mine around 25% because I like my babies looking real and not plastic I find if you're using it at a hundred percent it does give sort of a plastic quality and if that's your style cool but my personal preference is to have a little bit of the texture still in that skin so if you're looking up for those creamy and dreamy images the things that you really got to watch for is having a correct exposure making sure that you're shooting in RAW avoiding those bright blankets that will give you color casts making sure that you have that good light and you're getting that 45 degree line the butterfly shadow and as well expecting to do some editing expecting to do a little spot removal and perhaps running a plugin like portraiture there's also other amazing actions that you can find on the Internet some of our free just run a little search and see what you can find so I hope that you have loved watching this episode and it helped you on your way to achieve that creamy dreamy newborn skin that you've always wanted thank you so much for watching and if you have not already subscribed to this channel make sure you do so you don't miss a single trick tip or tutorial thank you so much and we'll see you in the next episode

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