Studio Lighting Naturally | wide aperture newborn

This is a little note to the photogs:  Myth Busting here — I always say that the best thing any photographer can do is to know how to shoot in any situation.  It is so valuable to know studio lighting and natural lighting as well as off camera flash.  When I teach photographers, they always want to say that natural lighting is so much prettier, and they can’t shoot “wide open” (i.e. wide apertures) with studio lighting, so they don’t get the shallow DOF (depth of field) especially with newborns.

Well, as in my book, Studio Lighting Naturally, I teach how to shoot like this… studio lighting can be beautiful and natural-looking as well.  I always say that here in Maryland, we have days like today – super cloudy, overcast, and many houses and buildings here are not full of gorgeous beautiful windows, but many are historic, small windows, etc. so while child sessions can be delayed, newborn sessions cannot always be rescheduled as newborns change so quickly.  It’s so nice to not have to worry about weather with newborn sessions, just pull out my light (my portable window) and shoot away…. love it!

I apologize for my little advertisement of my book here, but I just feel so happy to have that flexibility on a very dark day like today!

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About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.