drjitesh wrote in post #18434844
I am a noob, and just starting off, but daringly offered to do a maternity shoot for my friends as a baby shower gift. any tips on timing/ posing/ post prod and flash usage would be greatly appreciated. I am deathly afraid of screwing this over, and am contemplating upgrading to FF for this event only. thought ?
I am assuming just 2 people, mom/dad or are there children.
I don't know your equipment, but use a longer lens with a wider aperture, crop camera is just fine (F/1.8-F/4 is fine)
With any portraiture, shoot at the last two (or first two) hours of light (if out doors).Back lighting is great, just add in OCF (off camera flash, direct on from up high is flattering). Manual mode (can use live view to get setting quickly) Adjust camera for ambient light and slightly under expose ambient, add flash until the person is proper exposure. Flash in softbox at 8' may need around 1/2 power. Aperture/Iso effect flash. Shutter/Iso effect ambient. If you don't have OCF, use a reflector from above (will need help). Shooting with them in shade is also great, but if in the sun, if not overcast, be sure the sun is at their backs and add in fill light.
Posing, a quick search of POTN, Google or Pinterest will show lots of posing ideas. Print a few of them out or have them saved on your phone as when you are out in the field, it is easy to lose your train of thought and forget what you are doing. If posing two people, have lots of points of interaction hands/hips, don't crop off fingers or at joints and watch for hands coming from no where reaching around the other person. It is not a matter of learning poses, but learning what to look for in what makes a good pose. Refer to Roberto Valenzuela's books Picture perfect posing and Picture perfect practice. He also has videos on Creativelive.
Not all shots have to include or be focused on her belly. #1You can shoot wider and have her slightly looking down as if, but not directly at her belly as this hides her face from the camera. #2They can be hugging and have him look at her (forehead or cheek, never eye to eye as it looks weird) and her as if looking at belly. One of her hands on top and bottom of belly with him hugging from behind and perhaps his hands on hers.#3 you can have her/them straight to camera, 3/4 to camera or even have her sideways. #4 have her on a nice stool with him hugging from behind. #5 from straight above with her holding baby shoes in the palm of her hands or a stuffed animal on the ground, with them slightly out of focus in the back ground.
Slow down, take your time and visit. It is better to get 5 good shots then 25 okay shots. As you slow down the shooting and mood of the shoot every one relaxes and things go smoothly. Optional is to ask her if she has any ideas of the images that she is looking for. If yes, have her send you those images. Don't be over whelmed by others standards, just look for the light and get good exposure and expressions
With this said, do you have any specific questions?
Good luck and we look forward to seeing your images.