Digital Photography (Indoors) : Portraits and People

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Core, May 5, 2004.

  1. Core

    Core Guest

    Trying to take some nice studio-like photographs of people indoors using my
    Canon G2.

    Do I need to set up special lighting or specific camera settings to make
    them look good?

    Any sites that might explain how to do this as well or sites with good

    Core, May 5, 2004
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  2. Core

    Sorby Guest

    I'm no expert and don't have any special lighting kit (apart from my
    Speedlite 550EX) but I usually use natural daylight wherever possible. A
    window can provide lovely directional light and this can even be diffused
    with a thin sheet of net-curtain or see-thru material.

    When using this method it is (usually) important to bounce some light onto
    the shadowed side of the sitter's face - using a dedicated silver, white or
    gold reflector or a home-made one (I sometimes use a large sheet of
    polystyrene or a large sheet of white card).

    If you also use the camera's flash-gun (or a hot-shoe mounted gun) then it's
    best to use it subtly or it will overpower the window light.

    It helps if you have a nice neutral background - and preferably one that is
    far enough behind the sitter that it is easly rendered out-of-focus.

    I'd also recommend mounting your G2 on a tripod and investing in a remote
    switch - or the delayed shutter timer feature on your camera - so that you
    don't introduce unwanted blur/movement to the subject.

    If you can arrange your sitter so that he/she gets a natural catchlight in
    the eyes from the window then that's ideal so long as it doesn't restrict
    your posing options - but you may get a catchlight from the reflector or the
    on-camera flash anyway. If not then introduce yet another reflector or in a
    suitable position.

    A lot of close-up fashion/beauty portraits are done using a Tri-flector - a
    3-panelled reflector that can be arranged close to the sitter's face. I made
    my own out of cardboard covered in alu-foil on one side and painted white on
    the other.

    If you're short of help to hold reflectors etc then invest in some stands &
    clamps (or make your own). It'll save you lots of time & frustration.

    Hope the above is of some use.
    Sorby, May 5, 2004
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  3. Core

    Frank ess Guest

    I'm sure it will be, Sorby. Nice summary.

    I'd only add: Flat is not always good, nor always bad. Certain faces
    *need* to have shadowless lighting, which isn't easy, but usually

    Frank ess
    Frank ess, May 5, 2004
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