A&P First time shooting a family portrait

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  1. oliver

    oliver New Member

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    This Saturday and I'm excited although I'm a bit nervous. I've done solo shoots and I do graduation portraits and yearbook head shots as a 9-5 but I've never done a family portrait. The family wants it done to send out as postcards for Christmas to relatives. I can tackle that one final image for sure but I'm just worried that I wont have enough variety as far as poses and setups go inside an apartment. They will definitely want every member in the family in the final image so I'm just worried I wont be able to fill in enough actual 'time' while I'm there.

    I'll be using 2 430exs one through a softbox and one on an umbrella, probably rembrandt lighting.

    Any tips suggestions? Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Rembrandt lighting for fam portrait? A bit moody, don't you think?
     
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    You're right actually. :mamoru:
     
  4. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    tip... keep the lighting simple. just use one of the 430ex's camera right or left right beside you.
     
  5. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    tip i was given that has proved useful, put the camera on a tripod and take tons of pictures. the tripod will make sure you have the same angle so you can move heads from one picture to another in case everyone looks good in one except the one guy with his eyes closed.
     
  6. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    I 2nd this. The larger the group, the more chances you have of someone closing their eyes or making a funny face. Take multiple pictures of everything so you can fix them in pp.
     
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    Thanks I appreciate the help guys. anything else is appreciated.
     
  8. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Exactly what I did here

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    Act like you know what you are doing.
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    :werd: the more confident you act the more comfortable your subjects will be... and it will show in your photos
     
  11. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Most of all. Have a good time. Being positive and upbeat about the shoot is very important in keeping the morale of the subjects up.
     
  12. oliver

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    I'm good with people so i think it will good as far as social interaction I'm mostly worried about the space I'll have to work with.
     
  13. oliver

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    I wish we were shooting outside.
     

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