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Maternity Photo Ideas

photo above belly

Different perspective

Even if you are not a pro shooter, from time to time we all get asked by someone if we would mind photographing them. It could be as simple as a Facebook profile picture, or family photos, or even a full wedding. Recently I did a maternity shoot for a friend of my wife’s. Now I never photographed my wife when she was pregnant with our son because I was still very new to the professional approach to photography. This has been my wife’s main selling point to have another child. Any way, so when my good buddy John Major photographed her it allowed me to learn a lot for techniques and poses.

Additionally I always search the internet for ideas for each shoot I do and I encourage my “clients” to do so as well. What this does is gives you a fresh look at what may be out there and it gives your “client” an idea as to what may or may not interest them.

Now a maternity shoot also is dictated by what the subject is comfortable with and as a shooter you have to respect that. Most maternity shoots are done in the 3rd trimester which means the woman has a lot of pressure on her back, legs and bladder so be prepared for many bathroom breaks.

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Optional Picture Control

picture control in cameraA few weeks back a fellow classmate of mine asked me for some tips for the Nikon D300 which we both have. I agreed I would post a few that I knew of for her. Unfortunately I have been busy and to be honest I could not remember any D300 specific tips that is till now.

My D300 was preloaded with 4 Picture Control settings from the factory. Now for those of you who don’t know what the picture control settings are, take a look under the “Shooting Menu” in your camera. There you will find “Set Picture Control” which allows you to choose a preset that allows you to apply a post processing setting to your image after it is shot. My D300 had Standard,Neutral,Vivid and Monochrome installed. Different Nikon cameras may have more.

When I started using Lightroom and I downloaded the camera profile presets, I noticed there were way more than my camera had so I did some searching on the net only to find out there yes there were some more I could download.
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Quick tips

Here are a couple of tips I learnt this week in class and from my buddy John Major.

When you are shooting in a high ISO setting try to over expose a bit. What this does is gives your sensor a little more time/light to do its job. You will reduce the noise in your shot without the use of Noise Reduction software.

Which leads me to this tip. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get he correct exsposure for your entire shot it is better to over exspose an area rather than under expose. Reason is it is easier to recover from an over exsposed area in Lightroom or Photoshop than it is from an under exspose area.

That’s it for today. Have fun and keep shooting.


Lightroom Tips

Hey everyone,

No class this week so I thought I might pass on a trick I have for Lightroom (Lr) white balance I found over at Lightroom Killer Tips check out the site if you want to learn anything to do with Lr.

One of the only few differences in Lr when it comes to handling JPEGs over RAW images is the White Balance (WB) settings. Well Matt over at Lightroom Killer Tips has this tip to even up how Lr can handle WB equally whether you are shooting RAW or JPEG.

Find a RAW image in your cataloge that you shot with your camera. Now go to the Develop module in Lr. Next all you have to do is create a preset for each of the define WB settings listed for the WB. There is no need to create presets for “As Shot”, “Auto”, or “Custom” as those will appear regardless of your file type.

white balance

White Balance


To create a WB only preset, set the WB you want from the White Balance settings drop down picture on the right. Then over in the preset list, press the “+” at the top right of the list. I suggest you create a new folder called “White Balance”. Give it the name of the WB setting you choose i.e. Daylight and add the camera name if you have more than one camera. Next all you want to do is make sure you select the WB setting to save in the preset. So click the “Check None” then check the box besides the White Balance in the list of check boxes. Then hit save. Repeate for each setting in the WB list for each camera you have.

There you go now when you are editing JPEGs you can use these presets to change the WB for the image just like you would for a RAW image.

Hoped this help you out. Check out Lightroom Killer Tips for more videos and tips on Lr.