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Old Apr 12, 2005, 9:46 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm sorry, but i couldn't find any other forum to post this question.

I am being hired by my friend who's known me since we were in kindergarden.

I am now a senior in high school and she is a junior. This summer she would like me to take her senior pictures.

However, i am mainly a Sports/Nature/Wildlife photographer, and do not have ANY Expierence with people photos.

She would like outdoor shots only, so lighting is not a problem ( i know the rule though of not putting the subject in DIRECT sunlight)

Does anyone have any expierence in this area that could help me?

Here is my current setup of camera gear
Canon Digital Rebel

Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6
Quantary 70-300mm Macro @ 180-300mm
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
Canon FD 135mm f/3.5
Canon FD 400mm (I don't think i'll be using this one :-))

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Vivitar Flash

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Old Apr 12, 2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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She "hired" you knowing you have never shot portraits before? Since she hired you without seeing any portrait work, what does she expect you to produce (while it's only outdoor shots, you still need to understand lighting ratios, use of diffusers, reflectors, scrims, etc)? Do you shoot in manual mode? Do you understand basic portrait composition?

I'm not trying to sound too blunt here, but it really doesn't matter if it's indoors or out. You need to give us a better explanation of what she expects before you can get a decent answer.

The first post in the Studio Lighting forum covers many aspects of portrait lighting (no matter what the situation):
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 4:31 PM   #3
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First get your hands on a reflector of some kind and use this to rout your light, and just be carefull for too harsch shadows, the rest will go by itself.
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