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2nd of April 2009 (Thu), 10:04
Hello. I am a relatively new photographer who enjoys learning and is trying to get better. Some good shots in the past has led my Aunt to believe I could do the grad photos for her son's graduation. This will be my first specific outing for "good" portrait shots. I want it to go well and was hoping that anyone with portrait experience could give some suggestions on composition, camera settings, and exposure tips. I am also using photoshop and if anyone has a suggestion or tip on filers or blurs etc. that work well with portraits specificly, please share.
I am new to this site so pasting or referring old posts you have used or enjoyed in the past that might help would be fine.
(Photo Shoot is Sat. April 4, 2009)
2nd of April 2009 (Thu), 10:08
I should also mention, I will probably be outdoors, more with pillars, government buildings, and other architectural backgrounds because the springs weather has not produced any nice nature backgrounds. Everything is dirty and dull. Also, many pics will include family, so up to 5 people. Thanks again for any help.
6th of April 2009 (Mon), 08:28
I have only just seen this post so it might be a little late for you now. I hope the shoot went well.
For future reference I would suggest you look for open shade as that is the best light for portraits. If you are working with architecture where there are pillars and things then just under cover works well - you get the light coming in from outside but the top shade will get rid of any ugly shadows and mean that your subjects wont be squinting. You should also get really nice catchlights in the eyes in this situation.
If you are shooting the whole family then remember to move yourself backwards rather than just zooming out as if you use your 18-55 at 18 for a family group you will get distortion on the people.
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