Family portrait photography mistake 03: Not enough light
One of the problems with shooting at this time of year in the northern hemisphere – where we’re based – is that light levels are comparatively low.
Window-light photography can look superb, especially portraits, but if you’ve got a large group it’s likely to be difficult to get everyone nicely illuminated.
So why not combine your shoot with an afternoon walk? Get everyone wrapped up snug and warm and head out to the local park or recreation ground.
There’s much more light outside and provided you pick an over-cast day, there should be good, even illumination.
Alternatively, if you want to shoot at home, try pushing up your camera’s sensitivity and use a flashgun on two with the light bouncing of a white ceiling or wall to help spread it out and give soft, even coverage.
If you don’t have a white ceiling or wall invest in a diffuser or softbox for your flashgun.
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Family portrait photography mistake 04: Glaring glasses
Glasses can pose problems in portraits because they reflect light and suffer from glare.
If a member of your family normally wears glasses, asking them to take them off means making them look very different in the photos.
A polarising filter over the lens and correctly rotated can cutout the glare, but it will also reduce the amount of light entering the lens and you’ll have to adjust the exposure accordingly.
Alternatively, move around until you find an angle to shoot from that avoids the glare. It may take time, but it’s usually possible.
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