My "bread and butter" since i have started doing photography is shooting sports. While i think i pretty much got a hang of how to "spray and pray", i am still new to portraits and people shots. This is an area where i want to improve in the future and hope for some hints to improve.
Here's a family portrait of my family in law. It was a more-or-less planned shoot for them to have a Christmas present for the grandparents.
As they wanted to have the picture taken at their house, i had a hard time to find a proper location. I settled for a red wall, as you can see in the photo.
Unfortunately, there are objects hanging from this wall, so I had to have them pose on the outmost left border of the wall leaving no room to properly set up an off camera flash. Therefore i went for on camera, bounced light from the ceiling.
This is a minimum edit of the original picture. I added contrast and some kind of more-or-less subtle vignetting. A few cosmetics have also been done including a little teeth withening.
Some things i already see as a problem (at least for me):
No off-camera flash and no bright subject behind me (like a window) to create proper catchlights. The eyes miss a little pop from my pov. Also there is a shadow casting behind the father on the right. However, this might not be too distracting
What do you think?
Set up was 50D with 17-55 2.8 @ 40mm, f/4.0, ISO 200, 1/100s with a 580 EX II on camera.
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