Familiarize yourself with your camera settings and capabilities. If you have a simple point-and-shoot camera, consider upgrading to a basic DSLR camera. Though the DSLR is more expensive, it has a faster shutter speed than any point-and-shoot and will give you room to grow as you learn about photography.
Change the aperture setting, which is the size of the lens opening. A higher aperture (lower f-number) creates a softly blurred background with the focus on your subject.
Learn to adjust the shutter speed. A fast shutter speed allows you to capture pictures of wiggly babies with ease.
Try to avoid using the flash if you can; instead, make use of available natural light. If you can increase the ISO level of your camera, you often can shoot in low-light situations without the flash.
It's never too soon to start shooting photographs of your new baby. "It's best to photograph newborns when they're 2 to 14 days old, because this is the ideal time for babies to be asleep and still curl into the precious womb-like poses," says Carolyn Finger of Yoli Finger Photography.
When babies get a little older, their movement makes photography challenging. "Snagging that perfect photo of little ones who don't want to sit still or cooperate can become quite a challenge," says Erin Myers of Erin N. Myers Photography. "At times, it is really easy to get frustrated and want to give up, but don't. Take a deep breath and get creative. Let them be themselves. Find an item that is colorful or has an interesting shape or texture, and let them play with it. I love using small hand mirrors, floppy hats and pearl necklaces for baby girls. For boys, try wooden blocks or a vintage toy truck to keep their attention."
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