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need suggestions for a simple indoor portrait shoot?

i got volunteered to do our church directory. i go to a very small church and somehow they think i can handle this. i found websites online that will print the directory i just need some suggestions for a simple background and lighting so i won't mess this up haha any help would be so great!

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momtotori

Asked by momtotori at 3:10 PM on Dec. 22, 2008 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • i'm a little confused...you put pictures of everyone on the directory?, like a group shot or individual?
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 3:13 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • You can use a bed sheet as a back drop or a table cloth. As for lighting I would suggest natural light if possible. Can you get your husband to sit as a test subject so you can get it all figured out?
    aprilford2003

    Answer by aprilford2003 at 3:27 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

  • Several yards of black slightly stretchy material is perfect. You can use work lights inside, just put a piece of tracing paper over the front to diffuse the light. (If its not cold where you live then outdoor pics with natural light would be ideal). Take several test photo's and be sure to check your white balance.

    Hope this helps : )
    PeachyApple

    Answer by PeachyApple at 3:40 PM on Dec. 23, 2008

  • If you have a nice wall, use that. Use plants, too. Since you are taking the photos, commandeer some from other places in the church. Use a wall that faces a window or doorway for natural light. Get stools, not chairs, to seat people - they look better when they are closer together. Take the pictures from the chest up of the shortest person (another reason stools work great: evening out heights!). Encourage people to wear complimentary colors in the same tones, so nobody gets "hidden" by other people in the picture. Use a tripod. Diffuse the flash, if you choose to use one. Take a look at some websites, books, or studios for pictures of family photos, so you can get an idea about poses and how to line people up (angles, etc.) Check out some of the photography groups on CM...
    does any of this help? LOL Good luck!! You have a great opportunity!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:43 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

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