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mgnike1
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May 29, 2013 11:30 |  #1

Hi all,

I've been asked to provide digital images of an optometrist (headshot) and his staff, individually, and group the staff as one image. The optometrist's wife requested I do the shoot at his office in their "good size lounge". I stopped by his office to take a look at the lounge and walked into about an 8x12 lounge. It's quite small and I'm beginning to worry that it's going to be really tight. I texted his wife a day later to let her know it would be tight and would do my best. She replied "whatever works for you". I'm unsure wether to use some of my backdrops (blue, burgundy, grey, white) or my chroma key for the shoot. I will be using a 7D with 24-70 2.8 lens, don't have a wider lens. Also, do you suggest monolights (24x36 softbox) for shoot or speedlight (580EX)?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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May 29, 2013 11:38 |  #2

Use the gray drop. The headshots should be doable in that space. Since you say monolights (plural) and Speedlite (singular) then I suggest monolights. Just move the group to any space nearby you can find. You cant bend the laws of physics to suit the client, if the space isnt big enough, find one that is.




  
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May 29, 2013 11:40 |  #3

Should be plenty of room for headshots, I would bring the backdrops and let them choose what they want, and push them towards grey (my favorite color for headshots). Back up as far as you can, zoom in, and make it work. I would set up the big softbox on the mono myself unless you wanted the light to be a little harder.


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May 29, 2013 11:54 as a reply to  @ tlzimmerman's post |  #4

Gonzo, it will be head shot of optometrist. The staff I will shoot individually and 1/2 body. I will then then merge the 8 staff members into one image as a staff to appear as one whole group. Will the grey backdrop work for that or should I be thinking chroma key?

Zimmerman, I'm unable to move subjects anywhere else due to the rooms/offices are all small.

Also, I don't have much space to move them away from the backdrop and avoid background shadow....




  
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May 29, 2013 12:23 |  #5

personally, I would suggest an "environmental" shot, use an exam room with equipment in background, wide aperture to keep focus on the subject. no background needed.


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May 29, 2013 13:13 |  #6

I am, I thought of the "environmental" shot but they requested headshot/staff so I'm basically complying with their request...thanks!




  
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May 29, 2013 13:23 |  #7

Shooting the headshots in that space should be no problem. One monolight for main, one for fill, and maybe the Speedlight for a hair/rim/kicker/BG light.

Shooting the busts with the intent to composite them together to look like a group shot? That's a whole 'nother ball of wax. Unless you're very skilled with compositing (including shooting and lighting with the intent to composite later) it's gonna be hard to make it look natural.

I wouldn't use the chromakey/green screen. In a room that size, it will be practically impossible to avoid throwing a color cast onto the subject. A flat gray or unlit white will arguably work best for this.


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May 29, 2013 16:27 |  #8

mgnike1 wrote in post #15979340 (external link)
I'm unsure wether to use some of my backdrops (blue, burgundy, grey, white) or my chroma key for the shoot. I will be using a 7D with 24-70 2.8 lens, don't have a wider lens. Also, do you suggest monolights (24x36 softbox) for shoot or speedlight (580EX)?

If this is a paying gig, these are the types of decisions that you should be able to make in your client's best interest.

Based on the fact that you are trying to merge multiple photos in post, I would think that a chromakey background would be easiest, especially since there are likely to be white labcoats in the shot.


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May 30, 2013 06:56 |  #9

mgnike1 wrote in post #15979635 (external link)
I am, I thought of the "environmental" shot but they requested headshot/staff so I'm basically complying with their request...thanks!

In this case, you might want make the suggestion any way. If they veto it, you've still given your professional opinion and they can't complain.


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