Got baby, got DSLR. Now what?
October 25, 2011 7:27 AM Subscribe
I'm a newbie to the world of photography, although it's something I've wanted to learn for awhile. Now that I have my first baby, it seems like a good time to get on the stick and try to figure out what I'm doing. I'm not sure where to start.
posted by CrazyGabby to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Nikon D40 and have played with it, although mostly in auto mode, or with the flash off whenever possible. I did just get a spiffy little bounce flash that I really like, though. :-) I've read the basics on aperture, shutter speed, focal length, and how they work together, and I *think* I understand it. I've played with it some on my camera, though, and it only seems to work sometimes. The auto mode always seems to give me better pictures, but that seems like a waste.
I also have a three-month-old little guy who is changing by the day. There is SO much information out on the web that I have no idea where to begin learning what I need to know to capture a wiggly baby. The best thing to do is just dig in and start taking pictures, which I'm doing, but I'd like to be a little more focused in my efforts.
So, I would love any input, advice, links - whatever the mefi hive mind has up its collective sleeve. And I promise not to make you look at pictures of my baby. (Unless, y'know, you want to. He is super cute.) ;-)
tl;dr: What are the most important things to know to take great pictures of babies and kids?