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Matrim33
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Nov 09, 2013 18:45 |  #1

Hello!

I have been shooting for quite a while. Mostly landscapes and stills for fun. I also have been the unofficial photographer for family gatherings and events.

My brother wants me to do family photos of him, his wife, and 2 kids. I haven't ever really done any organized shooting of people for print. They want to do outside shots. I'm in Seattle, it is pretty gray this time of year. We would probably go to a beach or a park. Missed the Fall leaves.

Anyway, I was hoping to get any advice on what gear I should use and what I should expect. I've read a lot and have a general idea, but am a bit nervous of spending a bunch of time shooting and not getting any good shots.

My gear:
T4i (gripped)
Tamron 18-270mm
Sigma 30mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.8
2 - Canon 430 EX II flashes with umbrellas and stands (set up for remote shooting)
Tri-pod
Remote trigger

That's all I can think of. If there is something not too expensive that is worth while to have I can pick it up. I was thinking of a reflector. My friend uses one for his portraits and it seems to work well.

Any thoughts would be helpful. Thank you.

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My niece and nephew

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Nov 10, 2013 17:46 |  #2

I think you have pretty much what you need for gear. You might look into renting a nice lens for the day although your Canon and Sigma should serve nicely for group shots. A reflector is nice but only really works if you have some sun to reflect light off.

Also, check out some resources on how to set up some poses (I have a handy iPhone app I use sometime). Get an idea of what kinda of poses and setting you want ahead of time.


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Matrim33
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Nov 10, 2013 20:42 |  #3

forouza1 wrote in post #16440504 (external link)
I think you have pretty much what you need for gear. You might look into renting a nice lens for the day although your Canon and Sigma should serve nicely for group shots. A reflector is nice but only really works if you have some sun to reflect light off.

Also, check out some resources on how to set up some poses (I have a handy iPhone app I use sometime). Get an idea of what kinda of poses and setting you want ahead of time.

Thank you. I'll read up on poses.

I'm reading that 85mm is a popular lens for this type of shoot (for FF). That would be about 50mm on my rebel. The 1.8 50mm is like a plastic toy and I haven't been real happy with the IQ. I've been thinking about grabbing a 1.4 Canon 50mm to shoot with. That the kind of lens you were thinking of? I would love a 1.2 50mm but that's a little more than I want to spend.

Should I take my flashes outside?


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Nov 11, 2013 00:05 |  #4

Matrim33 wrote in post #16440948 (external link)
Thank you. I'll read up on poses.

I'm reading that 85mm is a popular lens for this type of shoot (for FF). That would be about 50mm on my rebel. The 1.8 50mm is like a plastic toy and I haven't been real happy with the IQ. I've been thinking about grabbing a 1.4 Canon 50mm to shoot with. That the kind of lens you were thinking of? I would love a 1.2 50mm but that's a little more than I want to spend.

Should I take my flashes outside?

Yeah, the 50mm paired with your crop could work well if you are outside and have room to step away. Indoors, it is challenging to fit everyone in. The 50mm 1.4 is a great lens. Not too expensive either. A little more sharp and better/faster focusing. I wouldn't be too afraid of overcast weather. Sometimes it provides great light. Knowing how Seattle is, it certainly is a tough time to get much sun but you might have luck in the early afternoon.


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Dec 03, 2013 23:50 |  #5

forouza1 wrote in post #16440504 (external link)
I think you have pretty much what you need for gear. You might look into renting a nice lens for the day although your Canon and Sigma should serve nicely for group shots. A reflector is nice but only really works if you have some sun to reflect light off.

Also, check out some resources on how to set up some poses (I have a handy iPhone app I use sometime). Get an idea of what kinda of poses and setting you want ahead of time.

Howdy forouza1,

That iPhone app sounds handy :D. Care to share ;)?




  
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