A&P Portrait Photography question

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  1. Ballast

    Ballast Cold Heartless Bastard

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    Okay, so this friend's sister asked me to take some pics of her to send into a magazine (she happens to be a dancer)... and of course I agreed to....

    but i've never done any portrait photography before. are there any general suggestions or rules of thumb you guys can give me??
    other than post the pics, which of course i will
     
  2. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    1. Use a slight telephoto lens. 85-135mm is ideal. This helps to flatten the features. always use a tripod for maximum sharpness.

    2. If you don't own a flash set your subject next to a window that doesn't have sunlight streaming through. Use the window light as your main light. Have the subject look directly into your lens. Also take a few shots where she is looking just off axis, ie looking at the window.

    3. If you have a flash, take her outside. Make sure the sun is behind her, facing you. The sun should backlight her hair. Use your flash to light her face. Try to have a darker background behind her, such as the side of a house or a bunch of trees. Don't have a "busy" background. Set your lens 1 to 2 f/stops open from wide open so as to throw the background out of focus.

    4. Always focus on the eyes.

    5. Shoot an entire roll of 36 exp. film. Don't be a cheapskate and try to get by with three or four shots. You won't get the best expression.

    6. Shoot some head and shoulder shots as well as a few 3/4 body shots. Don't have her stand directly facing the camera unless she's in a dancing pose or other "fun" type pose. Turn her body slighty away from the camera, then she can turn her head towards the lens.

    7. Have her lick her lips just before you snap the shutter. This will help to make her lips shine.

    8. Everyone has a "best side". Try to find hers.

    9. Don't ask her to say "cheese". Try saying someting funny instead so you get a real smile.

    10. Bracket your exposures unless you know exactly how to take a perfect exposure reading.

    Hopes this helps.
     
  3. Blindsight

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    that is some damn good advice
     
  4. Ballast

    Ballast Cold Heartless Bastard

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    damn, that sounds like really good advice. i'll be using a canon digital rebel, so i'll just keep shooting and shooting, bracketing the hell out the shots

    probably going to happen on saturday afternoon
     
  5. jinushaun

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  6. Ballast

    Ballast Cold Heartless Bastard

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    i got loaded at about noon... and it didn't happen. she's got this entire week off, so we're gonna try and do it sometime in the early afternoon on like thursday or friday...

    but i have a day job... so it depends on how work goes. i can't just pickup and leave.
    but once i become a "full-time pornographer", well, then we can do it anytime in the day :big grin:
     
  7. DejaVooDoo

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    Don't forget to post the pics when you take them...I'd love to see how these come out with JColeman's instructions & your Rebel.
     
  8. bioyuki

    bioyuki Ich habe Angst

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    I like doing portraits indoor with window light but if you go outside you want to use a diffuser/reflector sandwhich to even out the lighting on the face. Dress the model according to what brings out her features and what the environment is.

    And if you're sending it to a magazine give it to them as a CYMK TIF.
     

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