Shooting family Portraits
Take Great Photos!
I know I must shoot around the families’ schedule, I let them pick the time.
I prepare them that I start on time.
1. I arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive before then you are just a nusicence.
If you are late you have set a bad image for the family and may never recover.
2. Set up equipment.
Most public parks, musumes, galleries, libraries, etc., will allow you to bring famlies on their property.
I always ask first. If you don’t ask for permission and they ask you to leave, then you have to search, with the family driving behind you, trying to jump into a new location. You may not be able to do this as areas are already occupied by picnics, and gatherings of any sort.
I ask the couples if they have a family homestead to use. If they do and you are planning to use their location, remember that the time will take longer now. Since they are on fimilar ground it is harder to round them up!
You begain to set up your location, moving the pool potted plants to frame the portrait. Your starting with your tripod, camera body at 1/125, with 80-150mm lens F2.3 or F3.5, set at f8 for depth of filed. Attached Cannon Speedlite 580EXII flash/or set to the left on a seperate tripod as fill-in.
If you are shooting inside it is better to add a flash on an independent stand (remotely) to the left. Plus your flash attached to camera for face fill.
If you have a large extended group you will need a seperate 28-35 wide angle lens, mostly inside.
Again, You have the pleasure, ease of viewing the finished shot and either reshooting or adjusting later. If you have the chance reshoot on the spot. You have less adjustments later that can be soooo time consuming.
I prefer to have a perfect shot in the camera.