Getting serious, here we go! Photoshoot Tips...

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  1. Lynnzora

    Lynnzora TPF Noob!

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    Ok I recently got back into photography. Growing up, I took a couple of classes. Of course it was film... so this digital photography and photoshop is a whole new thing for me to learn. The ISO... Aperture... Rule of Thirds... All new to me! My goal is to have a sucessful photography business on the side. I've started out by offering free photoshoots as practice and to build my resume.

    In some cases I even offered $20 in gas money to some quality/experienced models in addition to the free photoshoot. So I have people booked for this friday! I'm sooo nervous and excited. I've been reading my Pentax manual inside and out, etc...

    Additional info... I have a Pentax k20d, I'm unfortunately working with the kit lens only for now 18-55mm. I ordered the 50mm 1.4 from Amazon on the 13th and won't get it until the 24th :(. But my photoshoots are this Friday. I'm shooting outside on location at a Park. If you seen my previous post for C&C it's the park where I took those shots.

    So questions that I have for those who are experienced in this arena, I'm wondering if you could give me some tips on having a wonderful photoshoot that produces quality images. ;) Things that I should think about, bring with me... Camera settings... Anything you could contribute will help!

    Lynn
     
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    I didn't mention that I have a practice shoot tomorrow (technically today... looking at the time) with some pre-teens... to get me ready for the photoshoot. I'm a dance teacher and it's with some ladies from my class. Their mother is bringing them.
     
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    Any settings will be according to the lighting situation, as its a kit lens I'd be thinking about aperture priority set to around F8 - F11, for sharp images, as wide open kit lens are usually pretty garbage, if its a dull day use fill flash to give the images some "pop" H

    Just seen where you live, do you have dull days in SC, try not to shoot midday if its sunny and use fill flash to avoid raccoon eyes.
     
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    Being outside means your less likely to have problems with aperture so the kit lens should work fine. As above probably best to run up in the middle of the aperture range but other than that just work mainly on composition. Try to keep the background to the shots clear of clutter.
     
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    I'm hoping it will be a nice sunny day. We've had rain the past few days but the forecast says it should clear out by then. What if it's a cloudy day. That's when I should raise the aperture?
     
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    I won't have it for this particular shoot but for something like this what lens is ideal. I've chosen 3 male and 3 female models. They will be interacting with each other in the shoot. There will be some group shots and some portraits....
     
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    You're lucky to be able to find models so easily!

    I tried signing up for Model Mayham... was ignored.

    I tried an ad in Craigs List... no response.

    I hope things go well and I look forward to seeing your pictures!
     
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    I recommend to brainstorm first, and make a list of all the photos and angles you want to shoot. Consider the people and poses. Evaluate possible backdrops and lighting conditions.

    It's also wise to read through your camera manual again so you know all the features that your camera offers. You might be surprised to discover a feature that you haven't used for a while or that you had forgotten.
     
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    try kijiji.com i always find people on their looking for someone to do photos for them
     
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    Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Photography hasn't changed much... All the rules of exposure, DOF, lighting and composition still apply..

    The only things that have changed dramatically is the equipment and the ability of the average photographer to "develop" their own photos....

    Have a great day and enjoy the shoot.... Don't get too hung up on the technicalities and spoil the outing..
     
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    I am thankful that I have no clue what the "rule of thirds" is.

    As for the photoshoot - underexpose by a half stop or so, and check your focus and you'll be fine. Especially in natural light. Not a whole lot you need to worry about other than composition and getting your model "into" the action. . .
     

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