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

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

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

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2 Comments

  1. sophie on March 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

    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



  2. Cori Derksen on March 24, 2011 at 7:48 am

    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.