Event Photography - Portraiture (Advice, ideas, HELP!!!)

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  1. JTHphoto

    JTHphoto TPF Noob!

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    I''ll try to keep brief.

    I am taking photos this weekend of Easter events for a local church. Saturday is at a park (hot dogs, bouncies, face painting, egg hunt, etc. - basically several hundred kids running around) & Sunday is quick family portraits before the service.

    They would like shots for their website, slideshows, marketing materials. Please help me with any last minute advice, creative ideas, suggestions, experiences, etc.

    My setup right now...
    Bodies: Canon 20D, Elan IIe
    Lenses: 17-85 efs w/ polarizer & hood, 50mm 1.8, 75-300
    Flash: 430ex
    Other: tripod, spare batteries,

    For example...
    1. Saturday, lighting will be harsh, midday 10-12:00. Should I plan on using the flash almost 100% of the time? I currently have my 430 on a stroboframe with omnibounce set at a 45 degree angle. Sound right?

    2. Should I use a polarizer on saturday for the skies, or is that a no-no in portraiture?

    3. I need close-ups and wide angles. I like the range on the 17-85, but the sharpness & DOF on the 50mm. Which would you use? both? To reduce weight from my pack can I just leave the 75-300 at home?

    I appreciate you taking the time to read and offer your thoughts at the last minute! Thanks!

    Jason
     
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    panzershreck TPF Noob!

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    i see nothing wrong with taking a polarizer, take what lens you want a certain style for... i took only a wide angle to Thailand because i wanted to emphasize people and space, and wanted to take just one lens

    don't take the 75-300

    my advice is don't hesitate
     
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    One word of advice... don't take portraits at 17mm or any other 'wide' setting. The aspect ratio will make everyone's noses look huge. Make sure you take portraits at the 85mm end of the lens or use the 50mm. ;)
     
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    For harsh outdoor sunlight use your flash straight on with no bouncer/diffuser. The light levels will be very high, and you'll need all the power you can get to light up the shadows.

    I use my polarizer all the time with my 20D and portraits in the bright daylight. Even at ISO 100 I need to block those 2 extra stops to get f/4 or f/2.8 at 1/250th or slower. Of course it block 2 stops of flash; another reason for no diffuser.

    Like you said, you need close-ups and wide angle. The 5omm is a wonderful lens, but on the 20D it's close-up only. 75-300 is for dangerous or skittish wildlife. 17-85 should be more than enough for humans.
     
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    Depends on the humans. They could be dangerous or skittish.
     
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    Thanks for those that offered advice. The event went well. I didn't use the 50mm 1.8, because it was just too fast for the bright light & flash. I wish I would have had Matt's advice on the polarizer. I wasn't sure so I only used it for the last hour or so of the event. Out of 450 shots I was really happy with about 50 of them which they used for a slideshow and will hopefully be put up on their website. One of the guys commented that they were the best photos from all 4 years of the event. Thanks again! :thumbup:
     

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