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Nov 03, 2009 10:57 |  #1

No pun intended by the title, but I am having some difficulty figuring out the best lightening for my dear old grandmother. I am doing her portrait for the family and most importantly for the newest edition of her great grandson.( my first cousin once removed...)

What is the best way to photograph so it minimizes wrinkles, enhances blue eyes and keeps the background from going monotone with her glorious silver/white hair?

At the moment I don't have a flash but I can get one and I think I can also rent some umbrella's and such for light softening, but I"d prefer to do it with the oncamera pop up flash if possible as my cheap student budget hinders my spending.

Thanks so much for any help!


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Nov 03, 2009 11:06 |  #2

Here's how some folks have tried - most of these involve lighting set ups beyond on-camera flash:
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Nov 06, 2009 01:14 |  #3

Thanks Stsva, that helps a lot :P


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Nov 06, 2009 08:23 |  #4

The on-camera popup flash is not always your friend in this scenario, but if you can control the amount of light it throws, there is hope. With that 50mm f/1.8 and a tripod, you may not even need flash. If you find you do need flash, even some tissue paper over the flash makes for an acceptable diffuser. I've seen a small tupperware bowl held over an on camera flash used as a diffuser.

Or, think about using natural light from a window, with your subject lit on one side by the diffused window light. Let's say that's camera left. Then camera right, out of the frame, use a reflector. I frequently use a piece of white poster board. Improvise! Make friends with an art student and borrow one. Experiment with the reflector position until you get the lighting you want. If it's a bright window, hang a white bed sheet over it. Have fun!

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Nov 06, 2009 08:44 |  #5

Boy I don't envy you. If she is like my mom, 94 years old I just don't know. Ask her what her favorite clothing is , blanket, and spot to sit is? Then go on from there.


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Nov 07, 2009 23:59 |  #6

Well I'm doing this tomrorow and I shall post a few when it is all said and done. thanks for the help!


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Nov 08, 2009 11:53 |  #7

soft light - large lightsourse will help you with achieving a "younger look"


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