"Assignment Advise / D5100" Sun 02-Oct-11 02:46 PM by BillS52
Next week I have two photo assignments and I'm looking for a little advise.
My Camera Bag: D5100, SB-700 Speed Flash, Kit Lens 18-55, 50mm F1.8G, 55-300 f4.5-5.6G, Remote Control, Two Tri-pods
Assignment 1 - Golf Tournament - Team Shots I will be stationed at Hole 5 and I am to take Posed Team Shots. Each Team will be 6 golfers.
I was thinking I'd Tri-Pod mount the camera with the Kit Lens 18-55, and camera-mount the flash. Use the flash diffuser and fire the camera with a remote.
I'll compose through the view finder, and then stand beside the camera when I fire the shutter (hoping I can see who shuts their eyes).
Assignment 2 - Senior Portrait - They requested outside shot
I think most senior portraits are Head and Shoulder (I'll look around but I think that's it)
Keep ISO at 400 or less, Camera on Tri-Pod, 50mm f18g with Aperture Priority at f2.8 (more subject details and good background Bokeh), ....Flash - SB-700 - not sure if I want to tri-pod mount the flash or not.
#1. "RE: Assignment Advise / D5100" In response to Reply # 0
These are all great setups for each of your assignments.
A few suggestions/comments: There are folks who use flash extensively who may chime in. Personally I find myself shooting almost exclusively with natural light. But what I can tell you is that it is way better to get the flash off the camera.
Yes mounting your D5100 on a tripod can really help sharpen up your portraits, but don't be shy about handholding and taking a few from a variety of angles. A tripod as important as it is can constrain you too. It's digital, you can snap as many frames as you need.
A lot of senior portraits are full body, sometimes in a setting. It's always prudent to take a few of variety of framing types: H&S and full. You don;t want to look later or worse yet, show the client and have disappointment. Same with aperture, take some with shallow depth of field but a few too at smaller aperture to see how they look with a sense of place.