When you can’t find a perfect pocket of good light and simple uncluttered background to shoot in, then creating your own backdrops is super easy. It also has the added benefit of allowing you to create compositions that are fun, colourful and effective!
Your DIY backdrop don’t need to resemble the paper rolls and vinyl that studios tend to use. Instead you can use patterned or coloured fabrics, bedspreads, curtains, or anything else that takes your fancy!
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Looking down is another way to find pockets of nice soft light and an uncluttered backdrop in locations where your options for composition may be limited. I like to use colourful blankets, bedding, or nice flooring to create a beautiful shot.
The looking down composition is perfect for kids. They’re fun, but super simple for babies in particular. In these two images I simply sat the blankets down really close to a large floor-to-ceiling window and then stood exactly over the top of them to photograph down!
You’ll need a wide lens in order to fit your subjects into the frame. Alternatively you may need to stand on a small step or chair to create the composition. The pink shot was taken at 24mm on my 24-70mm lens and the 2nd image was taken on my 85mm lens, both of full frame cameras. In both cases I used a wide aperture between f/2 – 2.8 as I generally always shoot wide open, and focus on their eyes.
**Safety tip** When taking photos of children and babies from above, always make sure your camera strap is around your neck so that if you accidentally slip with your camera it doesn’t fall onto your subject. A camera and lens can obviously be heavy!
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