Photography is all about lighting. If you look up the root words in photography the greek meaning is something along the lines of “drawing with light”
I’d say being aware of your light source, is the top priority for me in every picture I take. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have, if its top of the line or an old film point and shoot, they all require lighting to create the picture.
Whatever the available lighting is, whether its sunshine or a table lamp or candle light you are going to want to make that work for you to capture the true mood of the scene. A flash is sometimes necissary but I try to avoid it at all costs.
For beginners I will suggets getting started with basic outside in daylight shoots, or inside next to a large window. Harsh direct sunlight can wash people out and create dark shadows. Over cast is perfect lighting for a beginner.
This is usually the kind of lighting you will have your infant in anyways since most parents do their best to protect their babys skin from direct sunlight.
So perfect it’s the best lighting for you and your baby!
Thats not always going to be available. Right now its october and there are not a lot of opportunities for me to take my baby outside for photos.
Indoor lighting can be quite warm feeling. It is darker than outdoor light so be warned that your pictures will blur more easily. Setting a higher ISO (or having higher ISO film) will help deal with this but also reduces the crispness of the photo by creating what is called “noise” on the photo. Keep your ISO as low as possible and choose a time when you baby or child is calm and relativley still.
I am not going into lowlight photos right now, to do it properly you require a tripod and and a remote shutter release. It’s not super difficult but it’s also not something you would want to jump into right away. Besides most of the photos that you will be taking of your children will be during the day, so get started on that.