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03/07/2006 04:27:40 PM · #1
I have a girl in my town, friend of myne, who is wanting me to take her senior pictures. Seeing as i don't have alot of "expensiveily awesome" lighting, I was wondering if anyone on here has ever done that type of photo shoot. Maybe could give me some ideas on the Poses? and How to create somewhat inexpensive lighting to give her the best pictures possible. Thanks! :)
03/07/2006 04:30:54 PM · #2
I'm certainly no expert, but I'd say to try for as much natural lighting as you can and have reflectors handy (and maybe someone to help you with them?) to fully utilize the natural light.

Good luck with the shoot!
03/07/2006 04:32:37 PM · #3
How about doing some outdoor portraits? Just invest in a reflector? They're pretty inexpensive and I see so many outdoor photos. There are so many natural backdrops, whether it be nature or textures like brick walls, etc.

As for poses, a good idea is to do a search online for galleries of photographers that do senior portraits, It's a great way to get ideas.

My only other suggestion is natural light.

Good Luck!
03/07/2006 04:49:19 PM · #4
umm, nothing to do with the technical aspect, and I don't know how many portraits you have done before, but making sure the model is comfortable with whatever she is doing is extremely important. Not only with the pose, but with you too. Try to talk while shooting and keep everything relaxed.

I don't know how your payscale is working, but remind her you are shooting digital and you can take as many as she wants.

And when you finally find the right pose, make sure you take a lot of it.
03/07/2006 09:27:46 PM · #5
I took my daughters and her friends with homemade lights my husband made and alot of outdoor shots...everyone loved them. And maxj is right, make sure she is comfortable with you, let her do alot of goofing off with silly poses so she relaxes, you'll get some great shots that way.
03/07/2006 09:40:29 PM · #6
I'm with the go outside use natural light crowd... Especially the part about allowing the model to goof off to relax...but make sure you are snapping while she is goofing as you will pull some of the best candid, most natural shots from that bunch.

If you don't have a reflector and want a quick cheapy go to kragen or autozone and find a nice gold and/silver windshield reflector, they are very cheap, work well, scrunch up into a nifty shape that you can carry anywhere and will get you through in a pinch.

Message edited by author 2006-03-07 21:41:21.
03/07/2006 09:49:16 PM · #7
I recently had my first experimentation with Senior Portraits. I don't have expensive lighting. These were done either outside with Natural light, or in a room in my home that is very well lit with natural light. I also used a flash attachment in both the outdoor and indoor shots.

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03/07/2006 10:15:29 PM · #8
Can someone explain reflectors to me?
03/07/2006 10:21:10 PM · #9
What do you want to know about reflectors? Anything specific? Basically you point them at your subject and bounce light off of them. I personally use mine on the side opposite my key light and I'm fond of my gold one. (I have a 5 in one but usually use the gold side) It's good for filling in shadows if you don't have many lights, but it's also good for just adding a nice glow to your subject.

Thats my input, I'm sure there are others who know more :)

I really love mine! (so much that I got a stand for it so I can always use it for portraits)
03/07/2006 10:47:23 PM · #10
go look at my senior galleries. I just started last fall and did 11 seniors. Mostly outdoors...but a couple inside with 2 1000 watt halogen lights I bought at sears. I made a difuuser out of pvc and a white sheet. Good luck

03/08/2006 04:34:47 AM · #11
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This photo was taken with my Canon 50mm f1.4
I also used a Lastolite reflector to bounce a few highlights onto her face.
You could also make your own reflector ?
03/08/2006 10:21:09 AM · #12
I shot some outdoor ones last fall - //www.pbase.com/cpphotography/seniors

07/11/2006 10:56:43 AM · #13
Thanks To Everyone Who Posted. Your comments helped greatly, in the production of her senior pictures! You can check out a gallery of them, if you would like by clicking here!
Senior Pictures

07/11/2006 11:08:12 AM · #14
Originally posted by ragamuffingirl:

Can someone explain reflectors to me?

Reflectors are just what their name implies, they reflect light. The point is: you can aim the light anywhere on your subject. You can use it to soften shadows or add highlights.

They come in white, gold, silver, tanslucent and black.

White won't change your WB, but usually doesn't provide the amount of reflectiveness that gold and silver do. Gold warms the color, silver cools it.

Black reflectors are used to absorb light allowing you to remove light from certain parts of the composition.

Tanslucent (not really reflectors) are used between the light source and the subject to soften the light.
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