A&P Have a photoshoot this weekend, need tips/advice.

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  1. mandarin orange

    mandarin orange OT Supporter

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    Well my friend is trying to build up her modelling portfolio and I'm trying to build up my photography portfolio.. so I will be taking photographs of her on Sunday.

    I told her that around 4-5pm would be the best time because the sun will be setting.

    Also, out of the lenses that I have, which one(s) would be ideal for shooting portrait photography. I will want shots of her face/head and then some shots of her full body.

    Lenses:
    Canon 70-200 f/4L
    Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
    Canon 10-22 f/3.4-4.5
    Canon 50 f/1.8
    All on a Canon 30D SLR camera.

    Also, I'm sure most of you will recommend me shooting with the 70-200 f/4L lens. Should I shoot at wide open or no? What if I chose to shoot some shots with the Tamron lens.. should I shoot wide open or no? I know for the headshots I should probably shoot at wide open to get good bokeh for the background. But as for her.. if she's leaning or sitting on a railing or whatever, should I have the background in focus or blur it out?

    I will be shooting with a 430ex speedlite flash and I have a couple of diffusers but I will probably be using my Gary Fong Light Sphere II with Inverted Dome pointed directly at her (yeah yeah I know you all hate gary fong).

    Any other tips for doing an outdoor photoshoot?
     
  2. 50mm is good, I love shooting portraits with my 70-200 because it's soo sharp and the DOF is awesome but you have the f/4 version so I don't know how it is compared to the 2.8 IS version.

    I wouldnt recommend the 10-22 unless you want her to look fat and distorted. The 28-75 would probably be a good choice also but I heard the colors aren't quite there and the picture quality isn't that great compared to the 24-70L.


    If it was me I'd bring the 70-200, 28-75, and fiddy. I can tell you now you'll probably use the 70-200 and 28-75 the most though until it starts getting dark. Then your 70-200 will be worthless.


    The fiddy should give you some great shots especially in the low lighting.





    It's all trial and error sorry to say..




    Flash FTL unless you know what you're doing with it, and if you're asking what lens you're using I'm sure you'd be better off without it. gay fong! :hay:
     
  3. mandarin orange

    mandarin orange OT Supporter

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    well i've shot people before WITHOUT a flash and i've noticed that there are shadows in their faces.

    I shot my friend Nicole using a fill flash and stofen diffuser, but was just trying to get some more input on what lenses would be ideal. i really need a 70-200 f/2.8 lens.

    here's a shot I took of my friend Nicole from awhile ago

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    Equipment is one thing and I'm sure you'll get plenty of input from the more experienced shooters here. I'm pretty novice so I'll just try and tell you from my limited experience so far, the two things that have helped me out so far; 1) a comfortable model, if your comfortable and your model is too your photos will show this improvement. 2) shooting story board, know what shots you want to take ahead of time. additionally this will often create angles that you might not have thought of as your shooting.

    Good luck and do show us some of the photos afterwards.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    70 200 and 50 would be the two I would use. 70-200 to start, switch to the 50 once it gets a little darker.

    ask the model to bring use a good make up artist (ie friend); better yet, bring them along in case she gets sweaty or the make-up gets smudged.
     
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    non IS is sharper
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    Shooting outdoors I have never found shooting with out some light (reflected or flash) successfull
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    2.8 bokeh / background blur > 4.0
     

  9. water is wet
     
  10. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    135mm f2.0 + 70-200 f4 > 70-200 f2.8 IS
     
  11. jealous or something?
     
  12. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    135 f2.0L + 70-200 f/2.8L IS > 70-200 f/4.0L

    we can go on and on, what's your point?
     
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    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    10-900 f/1.2L IS > *











    :o
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    I don't even know why I try anymore. :rolleyes:

    135: $900
    70-200 f4: $600
    70-200 f2.8: $1700

    135 + 70-200 f4 costs 200 less than the 70-200 IS, and even if you got it with some special deal, its still at best equal.
     
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    i'd honestly only bring the 70-200 and the 50mm. you can get some great things with those. it helps if the model is comforatble. i've been taking pictures of my girlfriend for over a year and she is super comfortable with it all, which helps me out.

    as for shooting wide open to blur out the background or not...do both! the beauty of digital is that you can do both and see what looks better afterwards.

    good luck! you'll have a blast
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    but guess what? he doesn't have a 135L so it's a moot point.
     
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    70-200 2.8 non is, is the lens i speak of
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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