monopod--should I ? which one ? or what kind?
To do head shots of approximately 250 adults under tight time constrains I'm weighing the advisability of using the Nikon 180 f/2.8 or the Nikon 70-200 VR f/4.
Here, I'm asking if you think a monopod would be helpful with either lens--on the D700. I need to move quickly (we've actually agreed that there will be only two shots per person). The subjects--many of them teachers and paraeducators--will have the work day with their students interrupted.
So, do you think a monopod will help me to move both swiftly and effectively?
I appreciate any advice you might offer.
#1. "RE: monopod--should I ? which one ? or what kind?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberThu 29-Aug-13 05:40 PM
Why move yourself?
If you can get the subjects to move into position (mark an X with duct tape) you can use a tripod.
That will eliminate chances for blurred images more appropriately than a monopod.
Have a great time :-)
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#2. "RE: monopod--should I ? which one ? or what kind?" | In response to Reply # 1Ned_L Charter MemberThu 29-Aug-13 11:53 PM
I'm with JRP on this. I've done schools and youth sports organizations. You've got to create an assembly line.
You get a photo sheet on each person as they come to you. On it you mark the exposure numbers. Frankly, when I do these, I tether to a laptop and all the images are saved to the laptop. No memory cards are used for portraits.
You preset the camera on a tripod, and where the subjects will sit or stand. If standing, set a mark. You know, "X" marks the spot. If they're sitting on a bench (I bring my own.) you mark where the bench will be located, in case it accidentally gets moved. If you're using a background, that's preset, along with your lighting. I then do test shots until I'm satisfied that all is well.
Now you get someone to marshal the line and take the photo sheets and put the exposure numbers on each sheet. You get the subjects set at the mark. Take your photos. If it's on a laptop you can see easily if neither are usable instantly, and take another if needed. Otherwise it's, "next."
While I don't do schools any more, I still do youth sports organizations due to my connections with many. They use it for fundraising and I'm happy to help them with that by not charging all that much.
I use the same basic procedure for corporate head and shoulder shots, except that the school and youth sports shots are jpg and essentially come out untouched for the final product, while the corporate shots are taken in RAW and all processed quite a bit to be suitable for public consumption.
Let me know if you have more questions.
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