Help needed regarding natural lighting on a cloudy/rainy day

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  1. julia4480

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    Hi everyone,

    sooo I am taking maternity pictures tomorrow morning... I don't have any lights at this point, but as the mom to be has some fantastic big windows, I figured I didn't need any! That being said, the forecast calls for clouds and rain, thus not giving me all the pretty light I wanted.

    ANY and all tips are appreciated. I do not have much equipment. My camera with kit lens and my tripod. I have researched the poses, know how to use my camera for the most part, but am really uncertain about the exposure tomorrow.

    Thanks so much.

    P.S. I am using a black sheet as a backdrop, and I have a bunch of white sheets to create a somewhat Photo tent around her to reflect light ( I saw this "cheap" setup on Flickr )
    P.P.S this is my first maternity, heck, my first whatever shoot. Ah!
     
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    So, you know how to shoot in manual mode?

    Ditch the black background because it will subtract light and you'll need every photon you can get.

    You'll need every bit of usable ISO the D3000 can deliver.

    I would use 35 mm for the focal length and f/8 to start.

    It's going to be difficult to get enough shutter speed. Your subject will have to be quite still when you make exposures.

    If you have not researched or practiced how to use your pop up flash quit a bit before, tomorrow would not be a good time to start.

    :thumbup:
     
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    If this were my first experience taking photos, I would pretend I actually knew what I was doing.

    So, I would take some shots of the room to see what settings get you close, then have the subject pose to tighten up your settings.

    Good luck tomorrow, and let us know how it turns out.
     
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    This is a friend of mine who I am shooting. She knows I am a beginner. And it's no big deal. We both see this is a learning experience.

    Yes I know how to shoot in manual mode!
     
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    I added to my first post.

    You'll both have fun.
     
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    Thank you Keith :)

    Yes, I don't like to use flash and really haven't used my pop up flash much.

    If not the black background what should I use as a simple background? She has nice beige painted walls... but I was hoping for some contrasting black and whites...
     
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    Maybe white backrounds and she can wear clothing to help with the contrasts you are looking for.

    Maybe a few B&W shots tomorrow, dreary days seem to lend towards this.

    Maybe some lights behind the white backround, just thinking out loud.
     
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    Thank you... Okay. Well I have plenty of time to play with it... I am hoping I will get a few decent shots... :)
     
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    But please keep ideas coming if you have any more at all. Everything is appreciated!
     
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    Nik Software has a group of plug-ins for Photoshop or PaintShop Pro called Color FX.
    These are software filters and one of the best is a sunshine filter which can change the coolest light on a cloudy day to making it look like the photo was shot on a sunny day. I use it frequently.

    skieur
     
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    Were you planning on using any props?
     
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    Skieur, thank you so much! I don't have photoshop, however. I use Gimp!

    I have a couple of idea for props yes. I have some booties, and hopefully some blocks and ribbon to tie around her belly. Also, I have the siblings for some hands on belly and with mom shots...

    P.S. The ribbon for around the belly... not the blocks lol
     

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