I'm looking for some advice on how to photograph people. I usually shoot landscapes, buildings, animals, some macro & abstract/experimental, but virtually never people. I'm not adverse to learning, it's just that I don't know many people who want their photos taken...
So here comes the conundrum... a friend of my husband recently saw some of my work (some landscapes and a couple of abstract pieces), and asked him if I could do a photo session with his family and their classic car. Like I said, I'm not adverse to shooting people, I've just never done it before and don't want to floof it up. I certainly won't be charging for the session... but I would like to do it right. This would be an outdoor shoot at an old gas station with mum, dad & 2 young children. Does anyone have any suggestions, first of all on what equipment I should use, and secondly, if there are any good books/resources out there for learning this stuff?
Equipment wise, I have a selection of lenses to choose from: Sigma 10-20, 18-55 kit lens, 50mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8 macro, 55-250 kit lens, and an XSi. The 50mm 1.8 is my lens of choice for animal portraits, but I'm guessing wider is better if you're trying to fit a car into the shot as well. I also have a speedlight and a set of radio triggers, and a tripod. I've never used the flash for outdoor photography, so I'd really like to hear from the experts whether it is necessary to use it for fill flash. What about other accessories like bounce cards & umbrellas? I've never played with those either, but I don't mind investing in some if they're necessary.
Book recommendations are always welcome as well... I enjoy reading about photography, but most of my books are about landscapes, exposure or creativity... I really don't have anything to give me any pointers about doing portraits. Pretty much all I know is that you shouldn't cut people off at the joints, and on-camera flash is bad