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Old Apr 10, 2008, 6:22 AM   #1
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My daughter (14) has a D80 that she got for Xmas, with the 50mm fixed lens. She's an aspiring photographer and after her pictures were seen on deviantart.com, she was offered an exciting opportunity to shoot some studio pictures of a local rock band. The shoot is in two weeks, and she needs some quick advice. She's being asked to do pictures of them at practice, and with sponsor equipment, in their studio. The studio is painted black inside, and we've been told that the light will be low.

Just off the cuff, what are some of the settings she should start with? I have her researching and reading the manual again, but would like to give her some settings to start with and experiment before the 'big day'.

Thanks for your help.
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 6:43 AM   #2
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A studio shoot will be dificult with the limited equipment she has. Indoors, she would need several hot lights, flashes or strobes of some sort. Otherwise, she'll be very limited in the settings she can use. With no external light source (I don't consider the on camera flash acceptable in this crcumstance), she will be forced to shoot at high ISO's and large apertures, probably f1.8-f2.8. She also may find the 50 mm lens limiting in the sense that if the room isn't large, it may be a bit too long for any good group shots.

With the sponsors equipment, do you have any idea what kind of equipment she will have available to her?? Does she have any idea how to use any of it??
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 7:14 AM   #3
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bayoumomma wrote:
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My daughter (14) has a D80 ......was offered an exciting opportunity to shoot some studio pictures of a local rock band. The shoot is in two weeks, and she needs some quick advice. She's being asked to do pictures of them at practice, and with sponsor equipment, in their studio. The studio is painted black inside, and we've been told that the light will be low......
Well that sounds like a good way for your daughter to get her photographic feet wet.

Here are some ideas,

1) The band will probably be practicing several times before the shoot. She should attend and take test shots. Let her LCD guide her to adjusting settings.

2) See if there are outlets available for one or two lamps to be used at varying distances as continuous lighting.

3) Remove the lens hood when using the built-in flash.

4) Try to keep the shutter speed no slower than 1/100 - 1/125 second. She does not want subject movement blurring the images. Use whatever Aperture and ISO to shoot at these speeds.

5) For full body shots keep the center of the lens at about belly button level ( of your subjects ) to avoid distortion. Also keep your camera's sensor level and vertical on the full body shots.

6) Borrow a tripod and use it to grab stage shots.

7) She should always keep the rights to her images. She can permit use of her images for a stated purpose, but should always keep the rights to the image, unless she is getting paid for all rights.

8, She should use only the simple center AF point to ensure what she wants in focus is in focus. Point the camera at subject, hold shutter 1/2 down, recompose and shoot.

9) Don't be afraid to use the Manual setting. Try ISO 800, 1/125 sec, f3.5. shoot, check your LCD, and adjust your settings.

Hope you find some of this useful,

One last thing, remind your daughter to smile at all times, it brings out the best of your subjects and they won't see any nervousness she ( and all of us photogs ) have during a shoot.

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Old Apr 10, 2008, 10:20 AM   #4
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it's important for her to understand what the purpose of the photos is - that will change the style of photo. For instance, if the purpose is an advertisement for the equipment the style of shot would be different than if the purpose is to advertise the band. And what will the photos be used for?

That will determine whether ambient light or strobes / flashes is appropriate. If it's not a 'mood' shoot and external light is appropriate then rjseeney is correct - the onboard flash is not adequate and she'll need external light sources (preferably multiple). This would certainly be preferable if the equipment is the subject of the shoot.

So first off - identify who the customer is and what types of shots they want

Once that is known you can identify the proper equipment needed.

The key to success for your daughter is providing the right type of shots to meet her customer's objective. There are multiple ways to shoot this but you want to match the method with the requirement.
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I wasn't clear on the sponsor equipment--I meant that the band members will get equipment (drums, guitars, strings, etc) and the sponsors want to see them with the free stuff.

We know that she's got a lot of limits, and the band understands it, as well. This is more of a learning experience for her, and an opportunity to, as one poster said, to get her feet wet. And it's what she wants to do when she 'grows up'.

I might be able to rent her some lights for subsequent shoots, but the key here is to use what she has currently, which I understand will severely limit what she can do.

The main purpose is to get some shots that the band members can put up on their MySpace page, and if she gets some good close ups, they can use the prints for autographs. Regarding the rights, is there some standard wording or paperwork?

It's an exciting opportunity for her, as the band is still very local, although they just came back from a tour where they played about six cities with 3 Doors Down, and might be offered a tour with them later on this year.

Thank you very much for everyone's assistance and advice!

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