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Nov 04, 2015 13:45 |  #1

I have a family member that is the coordinator for a mall. She contacted me to take the Santa pictures. I've never done this before. We will NOT be printing the photos there, but have them available for digital download instead. Can anybody tell me what you've used for a setup? Lights? I plan on tethering my Canon to my Macbook Pro. Is there an easy way to upload from LightRoom to a website where they can download? Should every person have a password? I'm not sure how to go about it, so any advice (aside from "you should print right there") would be greatly appreciated!!




  
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Nov 04, 2015 13:57 |  #2

The photog that did ours last year had a 3 person setup and big softbox with a strobe. One taking money, one taking pictures, and one doing quick post in lightroom if needed. They'd dump your pictures to a USB drive if you had one and make them available via their facebook page the next day. Sharing them via Facebook would be a way to get lots of traffic and shares.


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Nov 04, 2015 14:25 |  #3

Just an idea, create a FB page for this, or if you have one for your photography already, use it, and have LR upload directly to the page?



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Nov 04, 2015 14:27 |  #4

I hadn't thought about using Facebook. I do have a FB page for my business, but I also want them to be able to download their image so they can print themselves.




  
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Nov 04, 2015 14:31 |  #5

I wonder if there is photo booth software or something similar that would provide what you need?



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Nov 04, 2015 22:03 |  #6

Heya,

Lighting depends on the mall. I would take some lighting just in case. Something with a fast recycle time (if you have it) and wired (just to avoid down time due to batteries; again if you have it). I would shoot medium or small JPG. Get everything right in camera first. That may sound funny, but shooting RAW is just more work and these setups are all about speed and producing a dependable product. If the sharpening, saturation, contrast, etc, is all set for JPG in the camera and you shoot medium or small, anything that will result in a decent 8x10 (which 5MP can ready produce a nice 8x10 with room to spare). The file transfers will be faster, the buffer will clean faster, work flow will run faster, and uploading to your dropbox will all simply go faster.

As for where to dump the files, a simple Wordpress site could work, with galleries that are private and require a password--this is the most used/popular out there and takes minutes to setup and get running.

Last time I did Santa, I was fortunate with a decently lit set so didn't have to use lighting and got away with a junk XSi & 85!

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Nov 06, 2015 16:15 |  #7

I've seen a lot to shoot in JPEG instead, so I'll definitely do that. I don't have any lighting right now, I planned on just renting what I needed. I currently use shootproof for my galleries. So I think that should work right??

I've also been contemplating which lens to use. I was initially just thinking a 50mm, but you said you used an 85. Maybe I'll just have to see when I get there on how the setup is.




  
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Nov 10, 2015 14:26 |  #8

You should be able to use one decent-power monolight into a 60" white umbrella mounted directly above the camera. Camera on a tripod of course, and a padded stool for you to sit on. One zoom lens, from normal to mid-tele should get you by. If you can run the camera off a wall outlet it will save swapping and charging batteries all day. If you don't or can't tether the camera to a computer, an Eye-fi card might help too.


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