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Old 10-18-2005, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I hope this forum is friendly to a beginner/hobbyist. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Basically I would like to take some flattering digital glamour shots of my beautiful wife. Where should I start? I have a Nikon Coolpix 995, and a basic inexpensive 3-light kit. I think I'll also need to pick up a softbox for these kind of photos. Any tips/links would be appeciated. Thanks in advance, Dan
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You've only got one thing left to do: Push the darned button! There's always more equipment to buy, more books to read, more websites to browse, but when it comes down to it, take a picture and figure out how to improve it. Repeat process ad infinitum, and you're there! If you're feeling strong, put it up here and let the forum tell you what we think. It's scary, but usually informative...
As far as softboxes, start without, see what happens. You never can tell...
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Old 10-18-2005, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Amen! Nothing beats experience....shoot adjust, shoot adjust, you getting it here... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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"Start at the very beginning".

Usually, when first shooting glamour it is easier not to try and deal with a bunch of lights. I'd start with a window light and one reflector. Work first to get the exposure and white balance issues solved and then go for composition and lighting ratio. You can learn a lot with just one window light and one reflector.


Here is a simple window-light example of Renee in "Anticipation":



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I hope this forum is friendly to a beginner/hobbyist. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]



.......Well, I'd like to think so,...but there seems to be a certain guy who enjoys ripping the balls off the beginner to remind him just how much he sucks compared to him,...but aside from him,...it's pretty cool.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]


Basically I would like to take some flattering digital glamour shots of my beautiful wife. Where should I start? I have a Nikon Coolpix 995, and a basic inexpensive 3-light kit. I think I'll also need to pick up a softbox for these kind of photos. Any tips/links would be appeciated. Thanks in advance, Dan


..........Sell the camera, and buy a Canon digital Rebel...(you can find plenty of used ones in mint or near mint condition all around).....and a 50mm f1.8 lens for starters. You already have the small light kit,... now buy yourself some foamcore from your local arts supply store, and or a framming shop, and use it as a soft white reflector. Use natural directional light to start off with...(from the side, not overhead)..and play with the light and the reflected light on your lovely wife..keep the light, and the reflector in the same spots, and move around your subject, watching the differences in lighting between the different positions you take the photo from in ralation to where your light is coming from.

Yep,...that's a good way to start...and then post the pics here,...and remind us that you aree brand new to this, and ask for comments from us who are constructive yet kind. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Thanks for the tips everyone. Does anyone have a picture showing a typical indoor reflector setup?
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LOL....even a first grader could have said that,... how about giving the poor guy some helpful "tip".. to start out with... anyone can shoot a picture and fart around..but what is the photogrpaher doing different and learning, that's what he should be learning..

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I don't think I have a pic of a simple reflector set up..

Tell you what... invide someone over to hold the foamcore boards, and with the window light as RFS suggested,... use that as your main source of light, and have your wife stand a few feet away from that window, and then have your assistant with the foamcore stand on the "shadow side" of your wife, reflecting light back into her, and then stay in the same position, photographing her, and have the assistant move around her with that foamcore, and also moving closer anf further away. Then change your position, and move around your wife, photographing her at every different position you make.. Keep a log of the results.

Like I said,......use the 50mm f1.8 lens,...not a zoom lens.

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