Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Capture, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. Capture

    Capture TPF Noob!

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Hi, my name is Rachel. Brand new here.

    I am interested in getting into photography, portraits mainly. I am looking for a good online course that I can take. I am a mother to a 2 year old monster and I just cant be going to and from school. So online is my option right now. I spoke with a lady last night and she gave me some information about the materials you need to start school : Camera ( in which she suggested the Canon 20D) , Lenses, Filters,& Lights & Umbrellas. I am looking to do this from my home, I have a beautiful yard and would love to take outdoor portraits and I also have a huge basement in which I would like to set up a studio. I would be doing digital photography, so I would also need an awesome printer.

    Anyway, I would appreciate any and all comments you have referring to online schools, equipment and such.

    Thanks :)

  2. Big Mike

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

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    Welcome to the forum, I'm sure you can find lots of great information around here.

    I suggest finding some good books on portrait photography. The most important thing is lighting.
  3. Don Simon

    Don Simon TPF Noob!

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    Hi there. When you say you want to get into photography, do you mean get into it as a hobby, or professionally? If it's the former (i.e. if you don't have much experience) then you probably don't need the 20D. Of course if you can comfortably afford it then go for it, it's a great choice, but something cheaper like the 350D would also be perfectly adequate.

    In terms of lenses, for portraits 50 to 135mm would seem a good range to me. You could go for several prime (fixed focal length) lenses, e.g. 50, 85, 135, or get a zoom with that sort of range on it. Either way you'll want lenses with a large maximum aperture (smaller f-number); this will let you blur the background. Obviously different lenses will have different characteristics, for example sharpness, bokeh, colour rendition... and I know nothing about Canon lenses so I'll let someone else take it from there.
  4. Soocom1

    Soocom1 TPF Noob!

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    Greetings…. Welcome to the forum.

    If you go with the setup you stated great!

    Some items to think about when setting up a portrait studio in the back yard.

    Try these links for info:







    Not only will you need the various items you mentioned, you won’t be able to get all at once, but think about these (not necessarily in order):

    1: Clamps. Get as many and various sizes as you can. They come in VERY handy.
    2: Props. Get some from the Family Dollar store. The stuff that looks like cheap lawn decorations… (pillars and the like, NOT Pink Flamencos!)
    3: Chair, pedestal (see above), Candle sticks, etc.
    4: Background muslin, stands.
    5: Boom(s). This for lights, cameras and reflectors. Something like this:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/HEAVY-DUTY-PHOTO-PHOTOGRAPHY-BOOM-LIGHT-COMBO-STAND_W0QQitemZ7625551335QQihZ017QQcategoryZ88666QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem and http://cgi.ebay.com/ASSIA-BACKGROUND-BACKDROP-STAND-MUSLIN-CANVAS-PAPER_W0QQitemZ7627949024QQihZ017QQcategoryZ79006QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    6: Soft lights/Soft boxes.
    7: Mirrors. As props, lighting uses, and for makeup.
    8: Little amenities for the customer to feel comfortable, and especially for kiddies.

    Good luck.
  5. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

    Feb 4, 2004
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    As for online courses - I have heard good things about the "New Your Institute of Photography"...

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