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Deborah Bettencourt

Setting Up for Management Portraits

I have been asked to retake photos of our management team later this week for display on our corporate website. We have purchased a Tota-lite set with 2-750 watt halogen lights and white umbrellas, a background support system and a mottled gray backdrop. I've been reading about various lighting set ups. I did some test shots at home and set one light even with the camera at a 45 degree angle to the person and then set the other light on the other side of the camera, low, to wash the backdrop. I was reading another question from this site yesterday that talked about setting up two lights, both trained on the subject, at a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio. Which is a better set up? Should I find some other light hanging around to wash the backdrop and use the good lights on the person? I'm using a Canon Powershot G-6 digital camera.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!


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10/5/2005 5:02:54 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
It will help a lot if you read part 1& 2 of Studio Photography Thread.
a 3 light system is best, A backlight give a seperation between subject and background- also adds depth-
*use clock as a guide for even lighting(they are looking for a good portrait, not dramatic lighting) subjects and backlight at 12:00,
*main light at 4:00 about 1 foot taller then your tallest subject then pointed down at 45 degree angle(hot spot at chest)
* camera at 6:00
* and fill light at 7:00-8:00
at eye level( if getting glass glear from a subject with glasses then rais the light.
pose all at a angle and have them lean toward the camera(this will help them look thiner and younger, pulling all facial and neck muscles) and take the shot as a arm or 1/2 body shot.
hope this helps,
**if it was me and I had them there, I 'd go ahead and take a good head shot and a full body(power shot)of each as indivduals

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10/5/2005 6:15:17 AM

Deborah Bettencourt   Debby,

Thanks for your help! I'll also go back to the Studio Photography thread. I started taking the portraits yesterday and they look good so far.

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10/7/2005 6:29:10 AM

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