Need some advice

9 years 9 months ago #57737 by B22 G6
my mom asked me to take portraits of my family. She asked me to make them not so "boring" (as she put it) like studios who makes us look head on and have no interest in it. I have hardly any ideas of what to do. I'm no professional, but my mom asked me to do this for her. Any advice, suggestions, anything would be great and wonderful


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9 years 9 months ago #57741 by ShotbyMe
Go someplace fun and take the shots. Go to a playground or something its fun for everyone. Going someplace like that allows people to relax and be themselves.


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9 years 9 months ago #57743 by L44Loo
When I was growing up my father used to take portraits of us. We had to sit there which felt like hours and then he got the shot. By then we weren't smiling and looked bored.

Just have fun with it! Interact with your family as you set up the shots. Bring out the best in them and it will show in your photos.


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9 years 9 months ago #57744 by Baydream
A park bench or flower garden where you can use DoF to its fullest advantage. Keep it relaxed and "unposed" to some extent. Watch your background and your exposure. Use fill flash if necessary. Take Uncle Joe's Coors can away from him (maybe hold it up to focus his attention).

Shoot, learn and share. It will make you a better photographer.
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9 years 9 months ago #58832 by photobod
Google portrait photographers and have a look at some of there work, this will give you some great ideas to start you off, then you can alter them to suit your own style.

www.dcimages.org.uk
"A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective." - Irving Penn

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9 years 9 months ago #58970 by Nikonjan
Jumping in the air is always fun. Back to Back, Just do a search for fun portraits.

www.betterphoto.com?nikonjan

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9 years 9 months ago #59018 by Screamin Scott
Have them doing something that they enjoy when you take the photos. If your Mother likes to cook, take images of her doing that...If you have pets, that's another good "prop" to use...

Scott Ditzel Photography

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9 years 9 months ago #59049 by Joves
Well I think the best portraits are candids. So you can do the formal shoot and try to catch people while they are interacting with each other.


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9 years 9 months ago #59090 by chasrich
FOOD FIGHT!

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures… ” ~ Vernon Trent

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9 years 9 months ago #59138 by Yasko
What's the thing your family most agrees on or likes doing (minus the all-to-common arguments or fights ofcourse), and maybe you could do a theme on that.

if all else fails

food fight.


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9 years 9 months ago #59553 by Summertime
I love shooting my family... :rofl: We all have different personalities and each shot I take, is different from the previous one, or last year portraits.


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