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I'm also dealing with an irritated wife, so I can't really bring a studio in a bag to the room... I've been bouncing light off the ceiling and side walls reasonably effectively, but I'm also noticing some scratches along the baby's skin, so I have been softening the photos in post.  I personally think most babies look really awful shortly after having emerged from the womb, so I'd appreciate any suggestions on how you think I should photograph them.  I have been using an 85mm f/1.8 as my lens of choice and mixing in some wide photos using the 24-105. 

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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 09:27:17 AM »
Congrats!

Take close ups of hands and feet.  Wait until 1-2 weeks for 'newborn portraits' at home.  In the meantime, pay attention to your wife...  I've been there, most recently about 4 months ago:


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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 09:44:49 AM »
congrats to both of you. 

from my exp, i had the most luck with sticking a flash or two somewhere in the room, opposite from each other, then using another flash on camera as master, running full auto TTL with the oncam flash not firing during hte exposure. good luck.

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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2013, 11:47:18 AM »
Ya. the scratches are tough...get mittens or socks on their hands ASAP..I'll be there for my second in a few weeks (possibly sooner)... This time around I'll be using the 50 f1.4 and my 580EX II on the 5D III with a diffuser, adjust flash compensation.. etc... for just born pictures after clean up. Photos at home later

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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013, 12:01:44 PM »
congrats to both of you. 

from my exp, i had the most luck with sticking a flash or two somewhere in the room, opposite from each other, then using another flash on camera as master, running full auto TTL with the oncam flash not firing during hte exposure. good luck.

I  only have the one flash at the moment,  but I  do want another... I  had a 430  for a long time and really liked it,  but I recently upgraded to a 580 and I  don't think I can go back to the build quality of a flash lessor than  the 580.
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013, 12:03:39 PM »
Ya. the scratches are tough...get mittens or socks on their hands ASAP..I'll be there for my second in a few weeks (possibly sooner)... This time around I'll be using the 50 f1.4 and my 580EX II on the 5D III with a diffuser, adjust flash compensation.. etc... for just born pictures after clean up. Photos at home later

 we have a t  shirt  that extends over her hands and the scratches have faded,  but she is grumpy today. 
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2013, 12:50:34 PM »
I'd limit any images in a hospital, its not the place to setup for portraits, so go easy.  You need to pay attention to your wife, so don't worry about baby images.
 
When my first son was born, I had to take photos thru a hospital viewing window using my Canon FT, 50mm FL f/1.8 and Kodachrome ASA 25 film.  That was a struggle! Flash was totally unusable thru the window.  That was a few years ago.  Now, I could do much better with a camera phone.

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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2013, 01:16:37 PM »
Check with nursing staff regarding picture taking in public places in the hospital.  Strict HIPAA laws are in effect and you can get in "trouble" if other people wind up in the picture without permission.
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2013, 01:51:36 PM »
I'd limit any images in a hospital, its not the place to setup for portraits, so go easy.  You need to pay attention to your wife, so don't worry about baby images.
 
When my first son was born, I had to take photos thru a hospital viewing window using my Canon FT, 50mm FL f/1.8 and Kodachrome ASA 25 film.  That was a struggle! Flash was totally unusable thru the window.  That was a few years ago.  Now, I could do much better with a camera phone.

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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2013, 01:55:08 PM »
Check with nursing staff regarding picture taking in public places in the hospital.  Strict HIPAA laws are in effect and you can get in "trouble" if other people wind up in the picture without permission.

I  work in the insurance industry and hipaa  is more of an issue for them than four me and it is incumbent upon them to make sure  information isn't mis- routed.

but I will heed your advice and not walk around reading strangers charts.
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2013, 02:03:24 PM »
I'd limit any images in a hospital, its not the place to setup for portraits, so go easy.  You need to pay attention to your wife, so don't worry about baby images.
 
When my first son was born, I had to take photos thru a hospital viewing window using my Canon FT, 50mm FL f/1.8 and Kodachrome ASA 25 film.  That was a struggle! Flash was totally unusable thru the window.  That was a few years ago.  Now, I could do much better with a camera phone.
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2013, 02:06:19 PM »
I'd limit any images in a hospital, its not the place to setup for portraits, so go easy.  You need to pay attention to your wife, so don't worry about baby images.
 
When my first son was born, I had to take photos thru a hospital viewing window using my Canon FT, 50mm FL f/1.8 and Kodachrome ASA 25 film.  That was a struggle! Flash was totally unusable thru the window.  That was a few years ago.  Now, I could do much better with a camera phone.

I tell  my wife  that she eats the sausage  but she hates to see how it is made.  she's already complained when I took a few breast feeding photos.
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2013, 02:10:39 PM »
 and speaking of old gear,  ten years ago I was rocking a 1.3  megapixel Olympus point and shoot.   I'm looking back at the photos from them to compare them to those of my new daughter and it is crazy the differences in image quality. 
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Re: What settings would yall suggest for a new born in a hospital?
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2013, 03:11:41 PM »
Lose the flash.  It is potentially dangerous (bad news near oxygen), annoying to everyone, and might get you thrown out (or at least 'lectured').


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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2013, 04:00:04 PM »
and speaking of old gear,  ten years ago I was rocking a 1.3  megapixel Olympus point and shoot.   I'm looking back at the photos from them to compare them to those of my new daughter and it is crazy the differences in image quality.
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