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    Hi, i have a question.

    If it safe to take pictures for baby using strobes flashes?

    Thanks.

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    I personally would not want to do that. But, I heard somebody saying it is not bad as long as it is not direct, maybe you could bounce it to the ceiling or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexyap1205 View Post
    I personally would not want to do that. But, I heard somebody saying it is not bad as long as it is not direct, maybe you could bounce it to the ceiling or something.
    Can i just check... why would it be bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    Can i just check... why would it be bad?

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    Babies have sensitive eyes and random, sudden bright flashes of light might cause blindness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GavinTing View Post
    Babies have sensitive eyes and random, sudden bright flashes of light might cause blindness?
    And their eyes gets less sensitive as they grow up? When would be a good time to start using flash on babies / kids?

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    Last edited by Legoz; 26th April 2009 at 07:27 PM.
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    Default Re: Flashes for baby

    just goolge "camera flash", "harm", "baby" will find many answers on this topic.

    anyway, just see this video and tell me what you think.


    the studio flash she uses, is many many time powerful than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    And their eyes gets less sensitive as they grow up? When would be a good time to start using flash on babies / kids?

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    im sure TS found his answer and this thread can close liao.
    Theres just too many myths around.. heresay's' are definately bad.

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    Thank you so much for all the answers.

    I think i have better knowledge.

    Thanks again.

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    Babies eyes are not as developed as adults and they are not able to protect themselves from the bright flashes (esp direct lighting)

    The Anne Geddes pics mainly depict the baby already sleeping and are diffused.

    I personally would not use flash on a baby under 12 months.
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    It all depends on HOW you use the flash.

    Just saying 'diffused' is not enough (not referring to anyone in particular ) as many would think it's OK to slap on an omnobounce or GFLS or a whaletail or a Demb and just blast away with a 50mm from close range ... which I'm not surprised is exactly what a lot of folks do!

    If it was that bad, countless studios and photographers would be guilty of blinding countless human beings for life! And probably be bakrupt from all the lawsuits.

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    for babies, even if its not proven to be bad for the baby etc, shouldn't we err on the side of caution.

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    One additional thing to note...

    we're largely getting shortsighted... Could the prevalance of camera gear be part of the cause?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    One additional thing to note...

    we're largely getting shortsighted... Could the prevalance of camera gear be part of the cause?
    yea was thinking of that...10 years ago, during film, there are less shots taken as compared to now..

    there really seem to be more young kids wearing glasses nowadays

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    TV and computer monitor is the culprit.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    just goolge "camera flash", "harm", "baby" will find many answers on this topic.

    anyway, just see this video and tell me what you think.


    the studio flash she uses, is many many time powerful than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    It all depends on HOW you use the flash.

    Just saying 'diffused' is not enough (not referring to anyone in particular ) as many would think it's OK to slap on an omnobounce or GFLS or a whaletail or a Demb and just blast away with a 50mm from close range ... which I'm not surprised is exactly what a lot of folks do!

    If it was that bad, countless studios and photographers would be guilty of blinding countless human beings for life! And probably be bakrupt from all the lawsuits.
    i agree.
    Flashes are not harmful to babies' eyes. The myth about not using flashes most prob stems from some over-protective parents.

    In reality, if used appropriately, most of us would get the pics and not do any harm in any way to the kids/babies at all.

    Saying that the flash can blind is akin to a DSLR can kill a baby if dropped on him/her. then use PnS???

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    Well, I wouldn't risk a 1D or D3 with a 70/80-200 2.8 dropped from any height onto a baby!


    Anyways ... as in any area in life, you get all sorts fallacies and beliefs at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    One additional thing to note...

    we're largely getting shortsighted... Could the prevalance of camera gear be part of the cause?
    Nope, don't think so
    Quote Originally Posted by gollum View Post
    yea was thinking of that...10 years ago, during film, there are less shots taken as compared to now..

    there really seem to be more young kids wearing glasses nowadays
    Nope. camera is not the cause..
    Quote Originally Posted by chalib View Post
    TV and computer monitor is the culprit.....
    yes,

    not every family have cameras, but almost each family with kids have two to three TV and computer nowadays, can you guys tell me how many hours we facing TV, computer screen each day? at school, at work, at home, at shopping centers, at food courts, on the streets?

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    if you use a flash bounce at ceiling to take photos of baby, let said the duration of the burst of flash is at 1/25000 sec, you can took 5 shots and get the photos you want.

    but if someone tell you flash will harm the baby, so you move your baby near the windows to get better lights, and you can have a handheld shutter speed of 1/125 sec, f5.6, but you need to spend 15mins there.

    in term of the intensity of light falls on baby, can you tell me which is stronger and more irritating?
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    I had a newborn 3 months ago and I had not used flash on him until recently (and it was by accident when I forgot to select no flash for my p&s camera).

    Now I only use flash when he is not looking in that direction. eg when he is laying down then I dun use ceiling bounce flash, etc...

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