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OK girls. I am not, by far, a good photographer. But I want to get a few cute pictures of Sophia all on my own. Our house is small, our lighting is terrible and I hate the colors of our walls. SO, I need some suggestions. It is too cold to go outside, but how can I get some cute pictures of her? Where do I "stage" her and how? Suggestions?
We did them on a cloudy day and he was facing a large window (that was actually probably too high on the wall, our living room window was better in hindsight. I just draped a large piece of white felt (wasn't my first choice of background, but it worked) over his crib and set him up in front of it.
If you have a large window, go for a bright but overcast day so the sun isn't so overwhelming. Otherwise, something I have wanted to try for forever, is garage lighting, but that kinda puts you in the outdoors a bit, though you could use a space heater, too. But lighting is supposed to be perfect if you open the garage door and do pictures just inside, you can use anything for a background - a large piece of fabric, a large piece of paper, you can just hang it from the garage door.
Is there a lobby area in the condo where there are floor to ceiling doors or windows? Or any other multi-purpose rooms? I really think natural light is going to be the way to go, but if you can't do that, just try to enhance what light you DO get with lamps/bright lights? You might have to do a little more post-processing, but you could make it work!
I turn on every light in the room, and then use two desk lamps to shine onto the background (the kind with the movable necks). I also use a white sheet held up on the wall with painter's tape (it doesn't hurt the wall but will hold the sheet up). Once I put the sheet over the sliding glass door and then the sun backlit it ....those pictures came out pretty good too.
You can also get flood lights with clips to hold them up from the hardware store for a cheap price too....I haven't tried that yet though, but would think it would work.