asdf

    10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 27/11/2013 00:01am
    1 Comment

    Family portrait photography mistake 03: Not enough light

    Understanding Exposure Compensation: too dark

    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.

    SEE MORE: 3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

    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.

    READ MORE

    Photography lighting: take control of everything from natural light to off-camera flash
    Studio Lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home
    Flash photography tips: external flash techniques anyone can understand
    Free portrait lighting cheat sheet

     

    Family portrait photography mistake 04: Glaring glasses

    9 secrets to using a tripod like a pro: use a remote shutter release

    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.

    READ MORE

    54 Portrait Ideas: free downloadable posing guide
    Master your home photo studio: settings, setup, accessories explained
    Photoshop Effects: how to mimic studio lighting for stylish portraits
    17 posing tips and in-camera slimming tricks for shooting curvy models


    Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

    Tags: , ,

    Share This Page