What do I need to be a newborn photographer? Part 1

You’ve decided to be a newborn photographer, or at least give it a try, and you think what do I need?!?!?

Basically, there are 3 categories of things you need: photography equipmentposing equipment, and props. Each one of these things can be completely overwhelming, so I’m going to share a 3-piece blog where I go over what I use and the bare minimum you need to get started.

Part 1: Photography Equipment

 

CAMERA- WHAT I USE

I have a Canon Mark III. I bought it used and I’ve had it for a couple years and it’s been a work horse.There are a ton of blogs and YouTube videos already about Canon vs Nikon, so I’m not going to go into that. But I will say I had a horrible experience with my first Nikon camera, so I switched to canon and never looked back.

CAMERA- WHAT YOU NEED 

Whatever you get I recommend getting a full frame camera. In the simplest terms it’s a professional grade camera and the quality is better. This is a place I would make an investment at the beginning instead of upgrading later.

LIGHTING- WHAT I USE

I currently use Einstein studio flashes from Paul C Buff https://www.paulcbuff.com/Flash-Units/Einstein-Flash-Unit.html    

Here is a blog and youtube video about my lighting setup http://socutephoto.com/newborn-photography-lighting-setups/

Modifier- PLM

Einstein Strobe- https://www.paulcbuff.com/Einstein-Flash-Unit.html

PLM Modifier-

https://www.paulcbuff.com/Light-Modifiers/PLM-Umbrellas/86-White-PLM-Umbrella.html

https://www.paulcbuff.com/PLM-White-Front-Diffusion-Fabric.html

New Light Stand(c-stand): https://amzn.to/2WCUsR6

LIGHTING- WHAT YOU NEED

If you don’t have lighting or you have cheaper lighting not to worry that’s great to start! I started out with natural light, then got into alien bees, which are cheaper strobes and then eventually the setup I have now. Does it make a difference? It definitely does, but you can still work at a professional level using natural light or cheaper strobes. Also, something to keep in mind, studio light and natural light can look exactly the same! It’s all about learning light direction, and quality of light.

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