Starting to take portraits.. few questions

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  1. RiderOnTheStorm

    RiderOnTheStorm TPF Noob!

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    I've decided to start taking portraits in order to expand my portfolio. Right now it's full of everything but humans :lol:

    I assembled a backdrop stand, got my background "dark grey fabric", and some lamps. I just wanted to know how do you guys usually set your shutter speed for portraits. I will not be charging anything but I would like to make the best out of the session. Also if you can give me any advice regarding how to run the session it will be greatly appreciated. :wink:
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That depends on the type of lighting (continuous or strobe) and the amount of light and the aperture/depth of field I want to have.

    If you are using continuous lights, then you will probably want to use as fast a shutter speed as possible. The faster the better because people don't sit perfectly still. I certainly wouldn't go below 1/60 but I'd prefer to be up around 1/200 or 1/250.

    I use strobes for shooting portraits, so as long as I don't go over my camera's max sync speed (1/250)...the shutter speed doesn't really matter.
     
  3. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Check out two articles on my site, The Creative Cauldron, at http://www.CreativeCauldron.com

    Go to my articles page and read, "Overcoming Physical Flaws When Photographing People" parts 1 and 2. It should help you with some things you will encounter.

    Have Fun,
    Jeff
     

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