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    Posted: 02 April 2019 at 19:28
Wow, great advice, thanks! I would love to do portraiture and have a basic knowledge of speedlights, though I need more practice. I am not naturally gregarious, more introverted, so that is a weakness for me to work on.
 



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Another great tip. Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 March 2019 at 19:44
Originally posted by Basil Basil wrote:

Talk about perfect timing for a post! I have been asked by a colleague to update her head shot. This is really helpful.


I'll be interested to know if your subject folds their hands across the family jewels before the first photo is taken. Standing or sitting, it doesn't matter. I bet they start things off with hands folded in front.

There is science behind why that posture is bad for your health.

If you catch your subject with folded hands, while they await your attention, instruct them to place their hands on hips for 60 seconds, like Superman/Wonderwoman classic victory stance. In sixty seconds, their blood chemistry will change, lowering stress inducing cortisol levels, and raising confidence inducing testosterone levels. It will make the shoot go easier for the both of you.
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Only if my photographic skill was directly proportionate to the amount of money I have spent on gear

Anyway just to weigh in or add to the shooting portraits thing... Sometimes it's common to assume it's all down to the photographer. But having a seasoned or a more experienced model also greatly helps. Photographers who work with professional models also tend to be better at getting best out their clients because they also learn and pick up things from the people they are shooting. It is a two way process and as a photographer your can learn a lot from good models.
So sometimes it helps learning by treating it as a two way process rather than making it all about the photographer or all about the model.

Obviously we can't all get hold of professional or experienced models but if you do get the odd chance its well worth taking up on it
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Originally posted by trainerKEN trainerKEN wrote:

for me, I need to understand white balance more, especially since I want to start doing outdoor portraits WITH flash, and I don't even really know how to set the WB with mixed lighting situations


That scenario would be best done shooting a RAW test shot with something like the X-Rite Colorchecker and then adjusting in post.

https://xritephoto.com/colorchecker-passport-photo
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Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Photospher this is very good. Thanks for the tips

+1 ! Very practical and thus useful
 



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for me, I need to understand white balance more, especially since I want to start doing outdoor portraits WITH flash, and I don't even really know how to set the WB with mixed lighting situations
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Talk about perfect timing for a post! I have been asked by a colleague to update her head shot. This is really helpful.
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Photospher this is very good. Thanks for the tips
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+1. Thanks! I'll try that next time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 March 2019 at 21:00
Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:


Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

People; be it candid, formal portraiture etc. I just can't seem to get a 'feel' for it which is a shame as it opens up a whole new world of options for me!


Maybe you're just really intuitive, and reflecting the nervousness of your subject. That can be a really strong tool for portrait photography. Check this out...
Wow, this is great advice - so simple and effective.
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Studio portraiture with flash....


Have you tried any of the new LED lights?
Godox SL-200W or Godox SL150 could be an option to avoid strobe altogether. Hi CRI>95 at close to 5600K. They are bright enough to use modifiers. I recommend getting two of the same, rather than one of each. All brands have reputation for shifting color balance between different light head powers. You'd learn how to use this stuff in a flash.

Originally posted by C_N_RED_AGAIN C_N_RED_AGAIN wrote:

Great topic. For me itís also flash photography especially in relationship to portraiture. Outdoors/indoors when to use umbrellas etc.


No rules. Depends on the look you want. Different techniques depending if you're just trying to fill shadows, balance heavy backlight, or set that "God just smiled upon me / Eureka moment".

Have you tried reflectors?

Is it windy outdoors? Better take sand bags or an assistant. Those stands blow over.
Does your interior have white walls? Why use umbrellas at all if you can bounce the flash for more natural look. But not if the walls are colored.

Originally posted by ABDurbs ABDurbs wrote:

Using speedlites for photographing glass, especially crystal glasses and decanters.


Are you bouncing the light off large white panel cards, or shooting the light through white scrims? Hard card bouncing is often best because that doesn't show wrinkles like a scrim or softbox would.

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

People; be it candid, formal portraiture etc. I just can't seem to get a 'feel' for it which is a shame as it opens up a whole new world of options for me!


Maybe you're just really intuitive, and reflecting the nervousness of your subject. That can be a really strong tool for portrait photography. Check this out...

I could show you thousands of these photos. Odd to see that 99.9999999% of people sit with hands between legs when the session starts. Nothing says "I'm nervous" more than a person with their hands between legs. Your subject is nervous. So nervous, they feel inclined to protect the family jewels.



Here is the process to break that down to a personal portrait. This is the very basics to get you started. Good for both men and women, with slight changes at the end. This for women.

Have subject turn sideways, but not completely profile.



Standing or sitting, lift the front leg to the camera higher than the rear leg. Even for shots where the leg doesn't show. It contours the form and tends to keep the back line up and perky. You'll find that most people lower the front leg, and that tends to cause slouching. Remember this is the basics, and quite often I'll do exactly the opposite for more of an editorial look. But let's stick with this for now.

Front arm to the camera on waist, with enough swing throw to show back. You can also go forward with that arm, but that's a different technique.



Notice the subtle change between shot 4 and 5, simply hiding the rear arm, to slenderize the haunches and torso... It cleans things up a bit. The last, and most important step in the sixth shot, have your subject lean towards the camera. Take your session from there with subtle variations on head position and expressions.



Run a friend through this routine, and keep them in the final position long enough that you can shoot variations face straight, looking over shoulder, leaning right, leaning left, but always leaning towards the camera. Then turn and try the same from the opposite side. You'll have a hundred shots before you know it.

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Lens Correction Filter in PS - Custom Tab has a fine adjustment setting that allows you to rotate in very small increments using up/down arrows or slightly larger ones whilst also pressing the Shift key. With the overlayed grid it works exceptionally well for me!
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Originally posted by wesleysa wesleysa wrote:


Straightening horizons. I have been known to keep a ruler next to my PC. Old school?

Me too. But you need an app that allows rotation by small increments, not just 90 degrees!
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