If you’re a new parent, one of the first things on your to-do list is likely to be taking photos of your newborn baby. And if you’re like most parents, you’ll want to capture those precious early moments using your iPhone. But how do you take the best newborn photos with your iPhone? In this article, I’ll walk you through a simple DIY newborn photoshoot tutorial, and show you how to get great results!
Good lighting is essential for taking great photos, so make sure to take advantage of that natural light! If the sun is shining directly into the room, you may want to diffuse it with a sheer curtain or blind. This will help avoid any harsh shadows on your baby’s face. You can also try using a lamp with a white shade to provide some gentle, even lighting.
Pro tip: If you’re using an iPhone 11 or later, you can take advantage of the new Night mode feature for even better results in low-light conditions!
One of the best things about newborns is how small they are, so don’t be afraid to get close! Fill the frame with your baby’s sweet face, and try different angles to capture all of their precious features. If you have an iPhone with a telephoto lens, you can use that to get close without disturbing your sleeping baby.
If you’re using an iPhone without a telephoto lens, you can still get close by zooming in on your subject. Just be sure to tap and hold on the screen to keep your camera steady, or you’ll end up with a blurry photo.
Taking the Pictures with your iPhone
Once you have your lighting and composition set up, it’s time to start taking some pictures! If you’re using an iPhone 11 or later, I recommend using the new Portrait mode. This mode uses depth-sensing technology to create a shallow depth of field, which will help your baby stand out from the background.
To use Portrait mode, simply open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait. Then, tap on the subject icon (the person silhouette) and make sure your baby is within the frame. Once you’ve got your subject lined up, just press the shutter button to take the photo!
If you’re not using an iPhone 11, don’t worry – you can still get great results using the standard Camera app. Just make sure to tap and hold on your subject to keep the focus locked in, then press the shutter button to take the photo.
Some More Tips For Taking Photos With an iPhone:
– Use the gridlines to help keep your photos straight.
-Use the rule of 3 – this is a composition technique that involves dividing your frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. This will help you place your subject off-center, which can lead to more interesting and visually appealing photos.
-Try using the burst mode to take a series of photos in quick succession. This is great for capturing fast-moving newborns, and you can always delete the ones you don’t want later.
-Black& white photos can be really beautiful, so don’t be afraid to experiment with them!
Edit your photos
Once you’ve taken some great shots, it’s time to edit them to perfection! You can use the built-in Photos app to make some simple adjustments, like cropping, rotating, or adding a filter.
If you want more control over your edits, there are some great photo editing apps that you can download from the App Store. My personal favorites are Lightroom and Snapseed – both of these apps offer a wide range of editing tools, and they’re very easy to use.
How to Edit your Newborn Pictures in Lightroom or Snapseed:
-Open the app and tap on the “+” sign to import your photo.
-Once your photo is loaded into the app, tap on the “Edit” button in the bottom toolbar.
-From here, you can start making adjustments to things like exposure, contrast, saturation, and more. Just experiment with the different tools until you get the look you’re going for.
-My recommendations for filters are :
-If you’re using Lightroom: try out the “Warm” filter for a nice, natural-looking effect.
-If you’re using Snapseed: tap on the “Retrolux” button in the “Looks” section. This will add a vintage-inspired look to your photos that I think is really beautiful.
-When you’re happy with your edits, tap on the “Export” button in the bottom toolbar to save your photo.
Taking Family Pictures using iPhone
Now that you know how to take great newborn photos with your iPhone, it’s time to turn the camera on yourself and capture some memories of the entire family with the newborn! Assuming there will be no one left to take the picture (everyone should be in that picture! including that uncle who hates being photographed), the most important thing is to set the iPhone on something stable. I would recommend using a tripod or stack of books to make sure the camera is level with everyone’s faces.
The next thing will simpy be to choose the timer option in the camera app and get everyone in the frame!
And that’s it! You’ve now got a beautiful picture of the entire family to hang on the wall or keep in your album to show off to future generations. Now wasn’t that easy?
Don’t be Afraid to take Pictures Again and Again
If you’re not entirely satisfied with how those pictures turned out, don’t worry! With a little bit of practice, anyone can become a master photographer with their iPhone. Just keep taking pictures and playing around with the different settings in the camera app until you get the hang of it. And soon enough, you’ll be taking pictures that rival any professional photographer out there!
So what are you waiting for? Go grab your iPhone and start taking some pictures!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful. And as always, have fun in the process!