Getting started in Portraits?

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  1. sillyphaunt

    sillyphaunt TPF Noob!

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    I am wanting to get started/into portrait photography. I was wondering what the basic setup is for backdrops, reflectors, lighting, etc etc. Nothing professional, just to dabble in it and maybe eventually do some paid work.

    I do have a basement for use, so I will be able to set things up permenatly. Can anyone do a short/basic list of things I would need? Thanks!

    *you can put this in the portrait forum, I wasn't sure if it needed to be there or not*
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    What are you shooting?
    What's your budget?
     
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    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    I shoot standard portrait fare, babies, seniors, family, etc.

    We started with 2 studio lights, used from a camera store.
    2 muslin backgrounds and a stand
    A diffuser
    A silver/white reflector

    We now have additional lighting for hair/background lighting
    More backgrounds
    Props such as chairs, benches, etc
    Soft box
    Posing table

    Our set up is not permanent. We shoot on location and outdoors mainly.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    If you are thinking of eventually doing some paid work then you should buy the best you can afford. You'll save money in the end
     
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    my pleasure. you'd be surprised at how little you need to spend to set up a studio.
     
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    Thanks for the thread, although I've done a lot of sports, I'd like to start doing portraits, I love the idea of being able to totally control your own lighting. Also I love taking photos of people, esp. adults. Kids kind of scare me when it comes to photos because there's no telling what kind of mood they'll be in. Maybe if you could put "make sure your child is in a great moodand cooperative before you bring them in" on your fliers? :)

    Anyway I bought a couple of photography books that have sections on lighting and I'm saving for some elementary lighting componenets such as softbox, maybe a couple of bees etc. Thanks for the info
     
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    Hey Silly, a fellow Oregonian! Its nice to see another one of us here :) We are few and far between.
     
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    Oh thanks for the article! I'll check it out. I may be back wit some more questions after I read it.

    Hey Havoc! Although I'm on the other side of Oregon... its almost a different world entirely :lol:
     
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    LOL< i visited Burns and farther east this summer. Your right it is totally different. I love the gravel highways and endless ranches LOL
     
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    Rogue.. I admittedly know nothing about it.. whats the difference between flash and hot lights?
     

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