The Best of Family Portrait Photography: Professional Techniques and Images
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have their own informal unspoken ways of communi- cation. You are an outsider, but you can use that fact to your advantage by playing off its humorous aspects. The direction in which the group is looking is important. Start the portrait session by having the group look at you. Using a cable release with the camera tripod-mounted forces you to become a “host” and allows you to physically hold the group’s attention. It is a good idea to shoot a few shots of the group looking directly into the
problem would cause your subjects to squint) and you must also when you are working outdoors. If one is available, a be careful not to underexpose the image, which is a fence makes a good subject support. If you have to common problem in backlit scenes. Also, in backlit portraits, it is best to increase the exposure by a third to a half stop to open up the skin tones. Don’t trust your in-camera meter in backlit situations. It will read the bright background and highlights on the hair instead of
subject is exposed to clear, blue, OUTDOOR LIGHTING 105 Direct sunlight filtered somewhat by trees and the atmosphere was used to light this striking profile by Monte Zucker. In addition, he used a 135mm Canon Soft Focus lens wide open, which further reduced the overall contrast of the light. Notice how the young girl’s gaze is not straight out on a line with the nose, but somewhere between the camera and 90 degrees. This is so you can see more of her eye. open sky, there may be an excess of
cyan in the skin tones. This won’t affect your black & white shots, but when working in color, you should beware. One way to correct this coloration (for film) is to use color-compensating (CC) filters over the lens. These are usually gelatin filters that fit in a gel filter holder. To correct for excess green coloration, use a CC 10M (magenta) or CC 15M filter. To correct for a cyan coloration, use a CC 10R (red) or CC 15R filter. This should neutralize the color shift in your scene.
ISBN 1-58428-172-3 $34.95 USA $47.95 Canada #1812 9 781584 281726 93495 Understanding the qualities that define a top-quality, professional family portrait Mastering the technical aspects of family portraits—from lens selection and focus to metering and white balance Posing techniques to make sure everyone in the group looks their best Designing group arrangements that produce an appealing composition Working with the children in the group for great poses and expressions Indoor and outdoor