Taking family portraits in unfamiliar surroundings, such as a studio, can make them feel nervous – and you don’t want this to come across in your images. By shooting family portraits at home, you’ll be able to get more relaxed poses and happy expressions.
For this family portrait shoot, we decided to use a simple set-up without expensive and complicated studio lighting. We used three regular flashguns to create our home photo studio.
We placed two of them on lighting stands with umbrellas to reflect a soft and more flattering light back onto our subject. We then positioned each light at a 45 degree angle about 6 feet away from the subject and made sure they were switched to manual mode.
The third flash was mounted on our camera and tilted it towards the ceiling to bounce the light, but it also worked as a remote trigger firing all three flashguns simultaneously.
What gear we used
We used three Nikon Speedlights: one on the camera and the other two on stands. However, you can still get creative results using only one or two flashguns.
Two light stands
Jessops Portaflash lighting stands with adjustable tilting brolly brackets. These are easy to use, light and a good size at over two metres tall when fully extended.
A silver umbrella for a good coverage of light and a clear white umbrella, which creates a soft, diffused light.
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