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    10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

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

    PAGE 1 – Family portrait photography mistake 01: Waking the baby
    PAGE 2 – Family portrait photography mistake 02: Shooting wide open
    PAGE 3 – Family portrait photography mistake 03: Not enough light
    PAGE 4 – Family portrait photography mistake 04: Glaring glasses
    PAGE 5 – Family portrait photography mistake 05: Lack of eye-contact
    PAGE 6 – Family portrait photography mistake 06: Blinking
    PAGE 7 – Family portrait photography mistake 07: Awkward poses
    PAGE 8 – Family portrait photography mistake 08: Lamps growing out of heads
    PAGE 9 – Family portrait photography mistake 09: Mis-matched couples
    PAGE 10 – Family portrait photography mistake 10: Who took the photo?

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

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