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    Portraits for my family.

    I've been asked to take some portrait shots for some family members.
    If any of you have seen some of the pics I've uploaded here, then you will know I'm not near as good as most of you - I'm still learning, even at 54!!! lol.
    I've checked out the tutorials, and I would like to think I could do a half-decent shoot, and probably re-touch later, so what I am asking is....
    does anyone have any tips for getting the best results, please?
    I only have a Canon 300D with a Canon 28-70mm F4.5 (or a Sigma 35-80mm F5.6 - and a Canon 100-200mm F5.6) lenses. And a tripod - I can also shoot with my remote, to reduce any shake.
    I have no backdrop (but was thinking of getting a shower curtain???), no aux lighting - as you can guess, I have nothing but the very basics!
    They want me to shoot in their living room - which has very limited natural lighting as well.
    Any help will be gratefully appreciated.

    Thank you.

    The two pics I have posted are of my wife - any critique is greatly welcomed! Thank you all again!

    p.s. I have not done anything to this in photoshop - they are straight out of the camera.
    Last edited by gazzman; 9th December 2011 at 01:18 AM.

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    [IMG]Portraits for my family.[/IMG]

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    [IMG]Portraits for my family.[/IMG]

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    Hi Garry,

    I put together a few "school of portraiture" posts a while back - you might find something there that's helpful ...

    School of Portraiture - Links to Lessons 1 through 8

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    I have not done much with Portraiture (I am still learning how to compose a landscape. ) But from the looks of your two photos, you could use a less distracting background.

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Garry,

    I put together a few "school of portraiture" posts a while back - you might find something there that's helpful ...

    School of Portraiture - Links to Lessons 1 through 8
    I found Colin's lesson very helpful with improving my portraiture shots.

    Is there a reason for the shoot in the lounge room? If you're limited with the ability to light your subjects choosing a nice background outside at the right time of day somewhere will give you the light you need and reflectors are really cheap compared to flashes (I'm in the same boat with limited equipment)

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    Re: Portraits for my family.

    Thanks for the comments - just going to check the link about portraits.

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