When the sun doesn’t shine and a hair is out of place, it’s time to edit. In addition to taking a good picture, the skill of editing is needed in order to make a good picture great. With newborn photography, minimal editing is usually done specifically to the baby; except perhaps editing skin tones in order to reduce that common newborn redness.
Instead, the focus is usually on the background. When using natural lighting, you never know what you are going to get. Whether the sun is too bright or a dark storm is rolling through, weather itself is unpredictable. Which is exactly why being able to alter the way the sun shines or the shadows fall over the image is oh so important!
Safety is another major concern and priority when it comes to photographing newborns. When a child is laying down either on or in something, there is always an extra pair of hands surrounding the baby just to ensure they are safe. Editing the pictures allows that extra safety feature to be engaged and relatively close to the baby, but still able to disappear in the final product.
At the end of the day, making a photo light, soft, and airy is exactly what we want to be accomplished when photographing newborns. The innocence is to be portrayed in their pictures, and each photo unique. Though it may not look like much, a lot goes into getting the lighting just right or the blankets perfectly smooth. With just the right amount of editing, a picture can turn from dark and grainy to beautiful and bright.
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