Holiday Photo Booth

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  1. floridafan

    floridafan TPF Noob!

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    Hey there! My wife is the photographer but does not like to spend her entire day on a computer, so I try to research stuff for her.
    Each year she does a Photo Booth for the employees of my client. We have a nice frame and a Holiday backdrop (10x10?), 2 fixed lights a D850 and a D7100, both with speed lights ( SB900 and SB700). We have a stand for mounting the flash on and an electronic thing to take the picture remotely.
    My wife struggles a bit with flash and lighting, she is best at outdoor nature photography.

    She has a Nikon 120mm, a Nikon 12-24mm, an older Nikon 35-70MM, a Nikon 85MM and a few other lenses that she normally uses outside although she also has an older Nikon 80-200.
    Those are all FX

    On the DX she has a Nikon 16-85, a Nikon 18-140, and a Nikon 18-200 which was her favorite lens before she got the D850.

    Any ideas on what to read up on for Flash Photography? She is not really a novice, but flash is something she is not confident with.
    Any suggestions on how to best utilize the equipment she has?


     
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    Recommend you start by looking at last year's pics to see what you like and what you don't. Then build your set at home and test / play with your equipment, especially lighting set ups, in advance of the shoot. You can be her model. I recommend you stay with the D850, the Nikon 120 for head shots, the Nikon 85 for head and shoulder shots and the 35-70 for whole body / group shots, maybe the 12-24 if things get spread out. Bring the D7100 as backup. You'll probably want to use the 2 fixed lights and both flashes. You might want to pick up a bracket to get one flash off the camera and get a soft box kit for the flash like https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYLZ8CL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I would use the 2nd flash remotely as a back light. Good luck. These kinds of shoots can be fun at Christmas time.
     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Maybe you need to think about getting another photographer for your client's employees' holiday photos. If your wife is a landscape photographer I'm wondering if it's stressful for her to try to do this. It's different if it's for family or a friend but for a client maybe it would be better to hire someone that does portrait work. It's a matter of her practicing with the lighting equipment enough to be able to do it well; seems like time and work for your wife if she isn't going to do portraits otherwise.
     
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    floridafan TPF Noob!

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    No she has a lot of fun with it. She has done weddings which are much more stressful than a Christmas party. She does not charge and the pictures come out awesome. I was inquiring to help her get to the next level. I think the link above will do that for her.
     
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    floridafan TPF Noob!

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    Thank you! Great ideas!
    I think we have a soft box for the flash too, almost forgot that.
     
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    And she really enjoys shooting people. We both just like walking in the woods which results in nature shots.
     

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