How do I start? Portraits...

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by keith204, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Ok I am an auto racing photographer, and I admit... you portrait people are the ones with the talent!

    During this off-season, I would like to get into portraits. I know a lot of young kids from church from working in the nursery, and I am a college student, so I know a lot of engaged couples. All that to say, I would like to get into: 1) kid portraits and 2) engagement portraits

    But where do I start?

    My setup:
    I do have the equip... a 50mm f/1.8, a 70-200 f/2.8, 2 strobes, 2 umbrellas, etc...
    I don't don't have the studio, and don't plan to have one anytime soon.
    I do have a room in my house I can add a backdrop to.

    So, the question still exists... where do I start?? Any tips for a beginner?
     
  2. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Location, Location, Location.

    Go location scouting where you think good scenes would be and shoot them outdoors!

    It's a ton of fun, and it's not claustrophobic. I do about 75% of my portraits outdoors with my wee little SB-600, and I get fantastic results.

    You can do neat tricks like under or overexposing your background a stop or two, you can put gels on the light to play with colors and white balances, you can do alot.
     
  3. LeeLeeMelis

    LeeLeeMelis TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2006
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Maine-but currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Dont stress about a studio. More and more people are wanting their portraits on location. I am strictly a location portrait photographer because A: I enjoy very few studio shots and B: I dont have the space where I live right now. What I'm finding with my customers is that they want the photo journalistic style of portraits now, nothing too posed or studioish. Best of Luck, there are lots of photos to be taken out there!!
     
  4. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    oh, and if you can, use props. It makes it easier on you and the subject to be able to tell them what to do.
     
  5. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What are some prop ideas? I mean are we talking... flowers? chairs? What are some examples of props that you guys use?
     
  6. Christina

    Christina TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    947
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    jacksonville, fl
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Easiest way to start imo.
    " hello; id love to do a Portrait/engagment shoot with you. Its not my specialty but im learning people instèad of cars this week. What do you say?"

    Personally i use more landscapes then props. Docks. Bridges, trees and so forth.

    example of my natural props i like:

    [​IMG]

    i love using stuff like this.
     
  7. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I dunno, what to the people do?

    If you were shooting a photographer, they'd probably have their camera, right?
     
  8. jols

    jols TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    1,034
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    hey are you in uk.

    if so go t vistaprint.co.uk and get your self some cards.

    250 for the price of postage under 4 pound theyare great.

    make your own design

    eg ameteur photogapher needs you to pose and maybe offer a free 7 x 5 print. and you can use the photo in your portfolio.

    people always like something for free

    then practise practise practise.

    and have fun

    also i do portraits in my house but outside is good to
     
  9. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    all it comes down to, is I need to practice. Thanks for all the input, a lot of it helped a bunch. The free picture thing is good, and I am sure it will get a lot of people interested. Thanks for all the input.

    I really like the idea of just going around and finding good photo shooting spots. As I was driving to a small town near here, there were plenty of cool buildings..old saloons, old bank buildings (why are old things so cool?) and things like that.

    Thanks again everyone.
     
  10. jols

    jols TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    1,034
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    i warn you though once the photo bug has got you trapped. you will never be released. ha ha

    have fun:D
     
  11. sabbath999

    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,694
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Since you are in Bolivar, you might consider going for a walk on the Frisco Highline. There are a bunch of really nice trees that are open, public, easily accessible and open to all.

    Bolivar also has an old-style downtown, with turn of the 20th century brick buildings. I haven't been down the back alleys around the square in Bolivar, but if it is like most, there are generally several areas that would be perfect for the "old, decaying warehouse" feel in the blocks between the buildings. A even greater advantage is that the buildings almost always block out all light direct light leaving you with nice, shadowed and fairly clean light to start with (just watch your white balance, the combo of the typical "blue" shade mixed with a lot of red bricks can be kind of weird).
     
  12. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bolivar, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    how close are you to Bolivar? Man we should meet up sometime. I've been amused by your comments and replies since the first one I read. Let me know if you're ever coming through town and we'll get some lunch at El Rodeo or something..

    man, that's crazy that you know about Bolivar, since it's so small.

    But yes, the back alleys are great. Amateur photographers around here have found this huge green door in the bricks behind Breadeaux Pizza. That door is neat...but i've seen way too many pics there :)

    Frisco Highline - is that the bike trail that goes to Springfield?
     

Share This Page