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    Family Portraits at Home: tips for taking contemporary family photos on a budget

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 18/06/2013 12:00pm
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    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge

    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge: spare batteries

    01 Spare batteries
    Shooting flashguns at 1/4 of their full power really drains the batteries, so always have plenty of spares to hand. The recycle times between each shot also become a lot longer the more exhausted the batteries become, so shots may be missed if you shoot too quickly.

     

    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge: simple backgrounds

    02 Simple backgrounds
    Using a plain throw or bed sheet as a backdrop on your sofa means you can achieve a clean image that doesn’t have any background or foreground distractions. Using a black backdrop in this shot has worked well to contrast with the pink of the girl’s top and the blue of her jeans. Black is also an effective backdrop for mono portraits.

     

    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge: keep the kids entertained

    03 Keep the kids entertained
    When photographing kids, you must remember that they have a much shorter attention span than adults. To keep them interested in having their pics taken, let them view the shots on your LCD.

     

    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge: change poses

    04 Change poses
    Keep the shoot flowing well by varying the poses. Not only to get different shots but also so that the subjects don’t lose interest and get bored with the same poses.

     

    5 tips for giving your family portraits an edge: crop tight

    05 Crop tight
    Don’t be afraid to crop tight. Even going as far as cropping the forehead and chin off a face, and leaving a shot just of the subject’s main features can have impact. By using a zoom lens such as an 18-105mm you can get both the wide shot and a close up.

    PAGE 1: Great budget gear for shooting family portraits at home
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for shooting family portraits at home
    PAGE 3: 5 tips to give your family portraits an edge
    PAGE 4: Correcting family portraits post-capture

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    Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 12:00 pm under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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