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Jan 02, 2015 13:49 |  #1

Hi guys, so I have a family that was just looking for an indoor shoot because its cold outside now and they just need a couple pics. All I have is the

107" Thunder Grey
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What I am wondering is if I pick up a white ream of paper (or still with grey) I would need another speed light to light the white "white" but could I get enough coverage on the family depending on pose(s) with the 60" and not have to worry too much about fall off?

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Jan 02, 2015 14:01 |  #2

how many people in the family? 2 or 20? :D

I'd probably just look for a fireplace backdrop or something for a smaller group and skip the paper.


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Jan 02, 2015 14:06 |  #3

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17362441 (external link)
how many people in the family? 2 or 20? :D

lol my bad, its just 4. M/D and two younger kids




  
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Jan 02, 2015 14:21 as a reply to  @ digitalduck's post |  #4

i'm working on my portrait skills, so take this fwiw, it's just been my experience so far.

1) It's hard to get creative with lighting groups, stick with on-axis light for the most part.
2) Portraits on grey are boring. I've tried shooting patterns onto the backdrop with mixed results. See this thread
3) Wish I had more to say.


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Jan 02, 2015 14:32 |  #5

With a group like that I'd use the 60" and use their home as a background. Skip the paper IMO as I find it boring for group portraits.


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Jan 02, 2015 14:33 |  #6

what are the dimensions of the space you're shooting in? Sitting, standing, kneeling?


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Jan 02, 2015 14:37 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #7

IT would be in my living room which I can use as a studio when needed..
I would rotate the backdrop clockwise so its against the back windows.. found out it gave me more room.

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Jan 02, 2015 15:06 |  #8

I'd be going for consistent tone behind the subjects as apposed to consistent of the whole background. This will allow you to extract and replace the background with white, grey, whatever. One thing to try if you can is to have the background at an angle you can shoot from one side and have a better chance at even coverage because the light is hitting the background directly, not at an angle. Also, a gridded modifier helps.


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Jan 02, 2015 16:06 |  #9

digitalduck wrote in post #17362503 (external link)
IT would be in my living room which I can use as a studio when needed..
I would rotate the backdrop clockwise so its against the back windows.. found out it gave me more room.

But is that the look that the family wants?


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Jan 02, 2015 16:20 |  #10

Since, its actually a favor im doing them for a paid shoot that ended sooner then anticipated due to a snow storm so I told her I would do some more for her. She asked to day if I had any inside area where I shoot at so I told her about the grey (or white) backdrop so so said either would be fine but we'll probably wait till the weather improves next week..




  
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