Top Newborn Photography Lighting Mistakes: Ghoul Lighting

Incorrect light placement is probably the biggest mistake new photographers make when getting started with newborn photography. And that can lead to one of the top newborn photography lighting mistakes ever, namely ghoul lighting.

When you place your light below your subject’s eyes, the effect will be similar to putting a flashlight under your chin when telling ghost stories around the campfire! You will notice shadows under the eyes, and deep, sunken eye sockets. NOT the look you’re going for when photographing soft, squishy little babies!

In this video, Lisa explains this uplighting mistake known as ghoul lighting, and shows you how to avoid that in studio by simply placing your lights in the 10am-2pm position above baby’s head. That means the light will flow down your littlest client’s head and body.

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