My First Portrait Shoot!

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  1. sillyphaunt

    sillyphaunt TPF Noob!

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    I had my first portrait shoot today. Although it WAS with my brother and his girlfriend, I was extremely nervous. The day was overcast and a bit dim, so I had to lighten the pictures up in photoshop. Some of them I added a soft focus effect because that was what they wanted.

    All in all I'm pleased with the photos. I need to get more comfortable directing people and telling them how to pose, it was hard to do.

    Any critiques would be great! :)

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    My favorites are #1 and #7. I also shot some on film (B&W), but won't have those done till Tuesday or so.

    ** I posted this in the Gallery too, but wanted to ask a couple questions here***

    On days when it is overcast and there is no direct light source, are reflectors useless? I had a white board I was trying to use to bounce some light, but I dont think I was doing it right, because it wasn't helping.

    Also, What type of flas would be best to use in this situation? What is a good "starter" off camera flash I could get to do portrait type stuff?

    And I don't have anything to HOLD the reflectors, so it was hard to position.. what do you do in that situation?

    Thanks for looking :)
     
  2. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Love #7! I also like #6 & 3. Excellent job for your first attempt!
    Overcast days can be hard sometimes but other times give you the best light. I use a Canon 550 and that gives a good fill light. You can get stands for your reflectors, I have one for mine, or if you're using posterboard you should be able to rig something to hold it maybe an easel like you would display a framed photo. For a less expensive flash take a look at Sunpak flashes.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They look very comfortable and natural, you captured them very well. Very good job for your first time. The one thing I noticed was the dark shadows under & around their eyes. You had the right idea with a reflector...fill flash would also have worked quite well to lighten the shadows and give them some 'pop'.

    It's usually best to use a flash that is dedicated to work with your camera...but you can get good results with any auto flash. Vivitar is another good brand name.
     
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    Very nice captures. Gentle and smooth textures.

    Eric
     
  5. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    #3 works for me.

    As for lighting, I personally would prefer to work on an overcast day for portraits. Rather than adding light, I would use a "subtractive" approach. You're starting with broad, soft light (which is good), but it's coming from everywhere. So, using a black panal, or overhead leaves or shelter... something natural is easy and best, block the unwanted light, leaving the desired lighting.

    I find the poing on #3 very natural and believable. Nice job!

    Have fun.

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    I really like those. I like the lighting and the nice expressions. :)
     
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    you can also get a gold coloured reflector which bounces [warm] light on to the skin good luck
     

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