taking photographs in a hospital

I love taking photographs of a newborn baby in the hospital. I usually just take one camera, my 50mm 1.2 lens and my 100mm 2.8 macro lens. I also throw in my white balance target because hospital lighting is different. (You can get your own white balance target online here.) The light in a hospital room often feels colder, sometimes even a bit blue. And I usually have to set my ISO somewhat high cause it’s not usually real bright unless I’m right by a window.

This was this little baby boy’s second day in the world. I think it’s pretty special to be able to document moments like these. :)

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 2500
shutter – 1/160
aperture – F 3.2
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

taking photographs in a hospital

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 3200
shutter – 1/160
aperture – F2.8
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

taking photographs in a hospital

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 2500
shutter – 1/320
aperture – F 2.8
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

taking photographs in a hospital

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by Cori Derksen

2 comments

March 24, 2011 - 7:12 am

sophie - Hi I recently bought my self the rebel t2i but I’m quite
un satisfied with the performance of it. I am a beginer
So I don’t know whether that has anything to do with it
And I’m not using the camera to its best ability.
I cannot offord to go and pay 1000.00 every time I want
Some special shots taken of my daughter, so my thought was
To invest in a camera and learn as I go… How ever I’m left
Unsure whether I bought the right camera or not. I want to take
Close up shots and them to be cyrstal clear. But right now I’m left
With dull shots. I was wondering whether you could explain what
The shutter speed and apperture is and how I can utalise them to get
Better shots… And whether you suggest in replacing the t2i with
The 5d mark ii ??? Please get back to me.. Thank you

March 24, 2011 - 7:48 am

Cori Derksen - thanks for the comment/questions sophie. Of COURSE I recommend the 5D mark II. It’s my camera of choice. :) I would recommend learning your manual camera settings first though before investing in something like that camera body. (I have a workbook for learning your camera in case it helps you http://bruisesandbandaids.com/shop/camera-book/). I’ll email you with more details.

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