Maternity Photo Shoot

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  1. Teresa

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    This is another photo shoot I did.
    This of course was back in June 07 when she was 8 months pregnant. All again before they were edited
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    I like #5 the best, as it seems to be telling a story.

    Someone has GOT to come up with something else for women to wear during pregnancy photos!! I just find it so silly to see a mom in the sheet, while everyone else is in street clothes. And the sheet is flattering to very few women.
     
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    Eek on the harsh shadows. Are you just shooting the flash right at her? Not sure what you are working with but I use my SB800 off camera threw a white umbrella and my SB600 off camera and bounce it. I am new so that could be totally wrong but it helps me avoid those shadows.
     
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    Put some distace between the subject and the backdrop, it will improve the look.
     
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    if you have read any of my other posts, you will find that i am a mobile photographer. i take my studio to the client and sometimes you only have a little room to work with and these again are all UNEDITED. I got the shadows off the backdrop and i got them off the faces of the people...plus the mom was wearing no make up and she hadn't gotten a lot of sleep the few nights before.
     
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    I take my studio to the client to. I guarantee you that you can reduce the wrinkling with a shallower DOF and the harsh shadows are just because of using your light source incorrectly.
    BTW I also use sheets for the time being.
     
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    what is DOF if you dont mind me asking?

    that was one of my first shoots and i had nothing.

    i have 2 slave lights
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    AC slave lights are more akin to a shoe-mount strobe, being very basic in construction. They plug into an outlet, or table lamp and come with few, if any, controls to speak of and routinely lack a modeling light. AC slave-flash units are, however, very economical as fill or accent lights. They’re great for little nooks and crannies.
     
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    So get soft boxes or use them threw white umbrellas? Arent you supposed to at least be able to control them in camera? I can control my flash's off camera by adjusting them in commander mode.

    DOF=Depth of field
    I have no idea what your camera is capable of bit if I had to guess that would be where some of these control issues are starting. If it's just not capable of some things then it's just not possible.
     
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    dof...depth of field...
    you need a shallower depth of field and the back ground will naturally blur,

    -same thing with your other shoot, the subject is too close to the background....taking a studio to a location means challenges and you as a professional must find a way to get around the challenges - that may mean not using the background at all or working with what you have

    -watch your exposure...good exposure is key to any photo...pictures should look great out of the camera, not perfect, but great! most pros take a great picture and make it awesome by getting rid of blemishes/brightening eyse/removing distractions that we couldnt 'shoot' and get rid of...but they all start with a great photo to begin with


    -use your camera in manual mode so you can control the exposure, are you using it in programme or auto right now?

    - be careful on low angles on big people....she is not a 'big person'...but she is pregnant and she wont appreciate the double chin....shoot straight on or from a higher angle

    -all your photos needs more contrast, which can be adjusted with levels or curves

    -keep working at it...and btw, you will get much more positive feedback if you edit your pictures first
     
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    here is a link to my camera
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/H5/H5A.HTM

    i can probably put a soft box on my slave lights but i am not sure if they make any for them as they were not mine to begin with. the girl that gave them to me only used them for a few shoots before buying new real studio lights but i have no money for that..that is why she is giving me all her stuff she doesn't need anymore
     
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    I did look it up and online it said N/A for my shutter speed meaning i dont have a control for that

    i do use my camera in manual mode but i doesn't give me a lot to choose

    white balance

    flash level --goes all the way to +2.0 OEV

    sharpness level

    contrast level

    ISO

    but i have to put it all the way to 1000 (not sure what that is but it is a number from NR30" all the way to 1000 and i guess i have the F stop all the way to 8.0 or else the picture will be too bright
     
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    f/whatever is your aperture and I can only assume the 1000 is in fact your ss. You should lower the aperture to create a shallower DOF which will YES make it brighter so either bump your ss, I believe the specs said it was capable of 2000 or lower your ISO.
     
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