I am trying to determine the best lenses (that I own Nikkor 35mm or 70-200 Tamron) that would be the best suited for taking pictures of a newborn baby. These would be in the hospital and then at home, so the lighting may not be the best, etc.
Any suggestions on how to take photos of babies, poses, etc.?
You did post in the D7000 Forum, but the thread has been moved here.
We try to make sure that questions are posted in the most appropriate place, where they can attract replies. Your question was not about the D7000, so it should be better off in the Forum specifically aimed at taking "people picturs"
This is an effort to try to generate more traffic for this topic. I may have an interest in the advice within the next two months, if a very high risk event manages against the odds to happen. So I will throw in my two penny worth. I will likely try to use my 18~55 auto lens as it is likely to give the best 'hit rate' in a potentially difficult situation. My other options are similar focal lengths or a 135mm F3.5, but my lenses other than the 18~55 are fully manual and thus be more challenging in what may be a potentially charged situation. (Health issues abound so pictures may either be valuable or the last thing on people's minds.) I trust that your anticipated event has its stars in good alignment and that all is set to go well. Richard
>I am trying to determine the best lenses (that I own Nikkor >35mm or 70-200 Tamron) that would be the best suited for >taking pictures of a newborn baby. These would be in the >hospital and then at home, so the lighting may not be the >best, etc. > >Any suggestions on how to take photos of babies, poses, etc.?
I think you will find that you are often space-limited in the hospital. You may not be able to get as far away from the subject as you need to be if you use the 70-200 mm lens.
So given the choice, I would use the 35 mm.
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I bought the 35mm 1.8 when my first grandson was born a couple years ago. It was perfect for the hospital and I have shot thousands of pictures with it in natural light and love the lens. I bought a 50mm 1.8 last year when his brother was born last year and rarely use it because their house is small and the 35mm lets you get pictures in close quarters and it is sharper than my 50mm. I tried using my 18-105mm with the second grandson, but found that a flash was needed so I only use it a night.
I agree with coolmom42, you probably won't have space in the hospital room for 70mm. You could always take them both.
I use the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8. I find fixed length lenses to limiting. I bought a Nikon DX 35mm f/1.8 lens for low light use but couldn't stand that I had to move back & forth to much. With the zoom I don't have those problems.
I just had a little girl last week and let me tell you, if you have time to pull out a DSLR in the hospital than you are multitasking like no one can. I took initial pics on my Lumix LX5 which was in my pocket.
At home we are so busy I am literally not even thinking of photo shoot. The pics I have taken were using my Tamron 24-70 zoom because that is what is on my camera right now.
Bottom line what I have learned is the best lens for your baby pictures is the one you have on hand right away - after a few months maybe I will get around to something more professional.
Congratulations on your daughter, I trust that mother and child are doing well. As a potential grandfather my role may well, (hopefully?) be more of a watching, observing and recording brief. I can remember back to the births of our daughters and to the tense and rather fraught times we had living in a foreign country and with serious other issues. Even when all goes smoothly it is a busy time. So good luck it will come right and you will settle into a routine that allows some time for additional activities. For the moment accept help from whatever sources offer real help.
Thank you all for all the answers and advices I read here. I have my first grand daughter 6 weeks ago now but we won't have time to go for a visit to Australia until perhaps July or August. I too will have to prepare my cameras/lenses for this as my children (her parents) are also moving to their new house around that time. So lots of photo opportunities there. I will be sure to be my shorter lens and one of my zoom lenses for my trip.
Thanks for the suggestions. I took some of my new grandson with my 35mm. Turned out nice but I think I tried to take some close ups of feet hands etc and they really turned out blurry. I suppose I just have to stand back a little bit and then crop it later. I have to figure out this focus to make my photos crisper, any suggestions? My photos always seem to be somewhat blurry or is some of that taken care of in post processing?
Leaping in without seeing the pictures I can only comment blind. I suggest that it might be one or more of the following: Not waiting for the camera to focus in poor light. Camera shake due to being too eager Getting too close plus perhaps being too eager. Try to vary the distance to find what works for you, the space and the child. Low light with a very slow shutter speed resulting in camera shake or subject movement. Movement of the baby or cradle, - arrest their attention via a single helper at the critical moment. Note that this will not work with a swinging cradle! Above all try to relax and ensure that baby is relaxed, enjoy the picture taking and enjoy the child. Do not be afraid to take and retake images, there will be lots of perfect smiles, expressions, etc. Don't worry if you catch an action shot of being sick, it happens, - that is what washing and washing machines are all about! Flash can help with movement issues, but often it results in rather less good images with harsh shadows and displeasing modelling. Some people are against flash with young babies so it might be best avoided. I am sure others may wish to add their comments. Richard
Fri 12-Apr-13 08:44 AM | edited Fri 12-Apr-13 08:47 AM by drFrank
My favorite lens is the 24-120 f/4 - It has a great range and the VR is tremendous. The issue becomes the need to increase the ISO to get a good shutter speed if you do not bounce your flash off a wall.
I enjoy the range of the lens and the ability to get tight when needed.
My favorite lens for newborns is the 90mm (this is when the babies are at home and there is working room).