Help with portrait photography?
I have a Canon EOS 400d (or a Rebel XTI for people outside the UK) I also have a Canon speedlite 430ex flash to go with it. My friend has asked me to take some portrait shots of her and I have never attempted portrait photography before, so any help would be appreciated. This is a bit of a general question, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a general answer, i was hoping you would tell me your knowledge that you’ve gained from experience.thanks
Shooting the flash directly at the person from above the camera is not a very flattering look and often causes red eye… Either use a bracket and place the light to the side or use a diffuser (the Gary Fong Lightsphere is great).
If you are shooting the person indoors, make sure he/she is at least 5 feet away from the wall so you don’t cast a harsh shadow behind the subject.
A gold reflector creates a beautiful hair light.
UK photography market value?
Where can I get some data on the UK photography market and its value? I am particularly interested in portraits and similar.
Ring some professionals and ask for their rates or quotes. Try the yellow pages or the internet,
photography portrait figure tips?
I have retired and taking up portrait figure and glamour photograophy. Greatful for any tips as I shall not have any studio type lighting. Also any info on where to find models in Kent UK. tHANKS
Well that should be interesting – doing portraits & glamour without any supplementary lighting.
Sorry but if you’re going to do this you’re going to need some form of off camera flash – speedlights are your best bet as they are lightweight & portable. You can shoot indoors, in a studio or other location or use them as additional light outdoors.
You need to learn about exposure & lighting for start – I suggest you read the Strobist blog (Lighting 101);
a couple of speedlights (manual ones) and some triggers will set you back about £100. A softbox or umbrella & a lightstand about another £45.
There is a Kent Strobist group that meet & shoot together;
they will know some models/MUA’s and will be good to attend and practice your lighting skills.
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