Hi folks. I've just been asked to take some pictures this weekend of a small family group ( two adults, 2 children ) in their own home. There is a reason why these need to be done this weekend and are particularly important to this family which I won't go into here. Suffice to say I want to make sure I do the very best I can for them.
I have D700 with 2 SB910s, a lastolite brolly and another 8in 1 brolly with pseudo softbox type cover which gives a reasonably diffuse light for one, but I've never tried for more people.
I feel reasonably confident of getting good shots of individuals but I'd appreciate some advice for shots in their home of the 4 of them. Ideally I'd like to take various styles but to have interesting lighting with some contrasty shadowy and some less so. I really just want to avoid the awful bright flat flashy look.
The main issue is how do I best use my gear to get the effects I want in the confines of a normal sized house?
I'd be really really grateful for any quick help you folks can give me here.
mfphoto1 Cincinnati, US Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Thu 10-Jan-13 12:51 PM
#1. "RE: Quick help needed flash for small groups" In response to Reply # 0
Just a few quick thoughts
If the walls are white bounce the flash off the wall behind you and/or above you.
If they have large enough windows or a patio door. Try to get a few shoots with the natural lighting from these sources. it's very pretty light, plus you can always use your brolly for fill light.
If you only have the one Lastolite Brolly, I assume it's a good sized one and the walls are not white then this will become your main light, I personally have never seen an 8in brolly I guess in a pinch it could be used for fill.
Also remember to take at least 3 shots of each pose at the same light settings. People blink, kids move and make faces. if you have more then one pick you can combine images to get nice family portraits.
#2. "RE: Quick help needed flash for small groups" In response to Reply # 1
Hi Monica and thanks for your quick tips. I appreciate your reply.
I am really keen to shape the light to create shadows and texture in the photographs, and although I've used flash a fair bit outside and in large reception rooms/churches etc I've never used it in a smaller house much before.
The Lastolite brolly isn't 8 inches in size, in fact it is an '8 in 1" umbrella ( ie has 8 ways of using it ) here's a link: