Baby photography tips, how to photograph your baby

I think most digital scrapbookers at one time or another have babies to scrap. What about the photos themselves though. A great photo is more important then any embellishments.
Tanya Puntti’s  SLR Photography Guide Blog has some great tips and as a new DSLR owner I am slowly working my way through them.
How to photograph your baby seems like a great place to start if you have babies in your family. You will find it here.

My personal tip when scrapbooking babies or children is don’t be afraid to crop and take your photos up close. We don’t always need the extraneous objects or backgrounds but just that awesome face. Sometimes backgrounds reference an event or a place but not always.
Here is an example.
This is my original photo of my 2 girls taken way back in 1990. I love the photo but don’t need all the extraneous stuff. This does remind me where the pic was taken but just detracts from the girls.

I cropped it down closer to the girls and you can see this looks much better with the focus just on them.

Think of this when framing your shots as well and most of all enjoy taking the photos.

HOW TO RETOUCH USING DODGE AND BURN

I have played with the dodge and burn tools but never taken the time to read up on how to use them well. This week I will be practising thanks to PSDFan and this great tutorial.
In this Part 2 (of two) you will learn how to dodge and burn your photos in a unique but professional way, creating a super smooth skin surface. We look at the theory behind these techniques, and why it’s worth spending the extra time on your retouching process!

HOW TO LOAD CUSTOM SHAPES IN PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

LOADING CUSTOM SHAPES IN PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
I often get asked about using custom shapes in Photoshop elements [PSE] and particularly by those who are trying to run actions that need a special shape. It is a simple process that can be achieved by even beginners. Just follow  these easy steps.
Tutorial uses PSE9 but steps  are the same in PSE7 and 8.
CUSTOM SHAPES MUST BE LOADED BEFORE YOU OPEN ELEMENTS.
Step 1
You need to navigate to C:\ProgramFiles\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9\Presets\Custom Shapes [in Vista and Windows 7]
In Windows 7 64bit the folder will be ‘Program Files (x86)
Simply copy the Custom shape file [.csh ] into this folder. Make sure you keep the original.
Step 2
Then you can open elements. Select custom shapes from the left side tools palette.
In the top menu bar select the little arrow next to shape. You will get a box open with your shapes.
On the right of that is another arrow – click on that and your installed shapes will be there and you
will see your shape you installed. Select it.
IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED THAT YOU INSTALL MANY CUSTOM SHAPES AT ONE TIME AS IT WILL SLOW DOWN ELEMENTS.
BETTER PRACTISE WOULD BE TO INSTALL AS YOU NEED AND REMOVE WHEN YOU INSTALL THE NEXT ONES FOR USE.