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Phillip 
 

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My wife wants to go get "proffesional pics" of my daughter. I keep telling her that I can do just as good as a job if I bought some of that back drop fabric from hobby lobby and maybe got some decent lighting. I own the sony 7.2mp p200. So my question is if you have any comments or tips in general on thi subject??? And whatkind of material for the background should I use and what is the most affordable way to get decent lighting for the pics????? I was thinking of simply grabbing regular spot lights from my drywall buddy and maybe a black umbrella to spread the light. Am in the right direction or am I trying to get off to cheap????


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12/6/2005 3:01:47 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Nothing personal, but I think you are trying to get off too cheap. The spotlights your drywall buddy has are not nearly as powerful as you need, despite how bright they may seem to your eye. Also, the black umbrella won't spread the light. It will just soak it up like a sponge. White is a much better choice for the umbrella. My suggestion is to just let Mama do as she wants and take plenty of candids of your daughter. You will probably like those better in the long run anyway.


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12/6/2005 3:23:08 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  With all due respect, how could I put this in the kindest of manners, but to say it. Taking professional photos is more than just "getting a cheap backdrop and some flood lamps". I don't want to sound mean but if it was as easy as that then why do people pay hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for profession prints? Kerry's right, go with mama's route and let the pros do it. Even if you are technically able to with hot lights and all, even the slightest incorrect poses could make a beautiful ravishing girl look like hell.


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12/6/2005 3:34:00 PM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  Phillip, thanks for the laugh, dude. Seriously. That's probably the funniest thing I have read in a long time.

What struck me so funny is first you say it's easy and you can do it as good as any pro, and I was with you on that. Then, you asked HOW you do it.

ROTFLMAO!

Cheers,
Jerry


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12/6/2005 10:29:11 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Take your daughter outside on a nice day. Nothing quite like natural light. Take pics of her in front of a nice hedge or bush (keep her at least 4 feet away so the background blurs nicely).
Take candids near a nicely lit window. \when shooting keep in mind the clutter in the background.
Or if you throw up a pieceof material behind her - just do it in front of a window, or even outside.
Make sure she dresses up pretty for her "photo" shoot...
How old is she by the way?
DDK


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12/7/2005 3:27:32 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Wow Jerry at least I was trying to be polite! lol, just messin'


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12/7/2005 5:06:37 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Decent Lighting


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12/7/2005 5:10:35 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Phillip,
why don't you take a look at the
" Studio Photography thread parts 1-8"
and you can see some of what those people are doing to develop to the point of starting a studio- this will cover lighting , backdrops, props,posing and
"HOW TO GET EXPRESSIONS"
I do belive if you want to get I better idea, that will help.
Justin, I hope the email helped-I have not been feeling well and tring to get my "rotten teenagers " Christmas cards done-so I have yet to get back to you-sorry:-(

OH YEAH, and one of the hardest sittings you can have is: your own kids!
but , do some home work an dbest of luck-for now, let Mom take her.
and you can take the backup shots and get ready for easter shots!


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12/7/2005 6:15:26 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   If you really want to save money, let Mom toaker your daughter wherever she wants. By the time you buy the equipment you REALLY need, spend the time and money to learn what you need to know and have a multitude of test shots printed, you will have spent a lot more than the cost of a session with the most expensive photographer in town. On the other hand, if you want to learn how to do this because you love it, then GO FOR IT!


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12/7/2005 7:07:06 AM

 
Phillip    Thanks so far everyone, I really appreciate the constructive critisism. (Sorry Jerry couldn't do much with your input. I really think You guys are right I should let her get the pics while I do my own at the same time. I really liked the ideas and am looking forward toward anymore in the future.


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12/7/2005 1:04:47 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/28/2005
  Phillip,
I have been taking pictures for years of my daughter...So I decided to go digital to save money on professional pics...
It is a whole lot harder than it looks but I practiced alot, learned all that I could and actually got some pics that I am very proud of...And I'm still learning more!
So, what, if they aren't what some would call professional quality...A lot of my professional photos had lots of room for improvement as well.
My advice: Let Mom take her for the pro pics this time, practice and learn alot and (hopefully) you'll come up with some pics between now and the next time they want pro pics to prove that you can get a good pic too! In fact, I find it much more fun to do my own pictures...I can get more poses for the money...And It's usually a lot more fun!
Good luck!


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12/7/2005 1:58:01 PM

 
Jay A. Grantham
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/21/2005
  Justin.. you forgot the stands!

Good luck Phillip.


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12/7/2005 2:33:49 PM

 
Phillip    hey justin, that link to the lighting site, are you saying that if I buy those six items that will be a good start for lighting???????? or where you showing me the 3,000 dollar setup??????


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12/7/2005 3:43:31 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
Phillip,
if you would like a lighting kit dream list- I will send you one.
just email me.

here is my CLOWN


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12/7/2005 3:47:21 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
Phillip,
if you would like a lighting kit dream list- I will send you one.
just email me.

here is my CLOWN , wouldn't hold still, pay attention and I wanted to tear him apart,lol,lol- he knows he can goof with me to know end!
and we almost never get much of anything!
I get totally furstrated, yet I have to laugh and that just feeds the little brat!


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12/7/2005 3:51:11 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Phillip,
the list is some kits that range from really good starter kits to kits that will last you some real years ...
and I have a list of studio toys to concider.
I have had sooo many people from the other thread email me about stuff- one day I through some links together for a girl- and then just started sending it as a " somethings to consider " list.
it may not be as high end as some - but for people starting out - they really should not start real HIGH END.


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12/7/2005 4:09:23 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  phillip I was being a smart elic, it's probably a good setup, I really don't know but it doesn't come with stands or softboxes or anything so for you, no it wouldn't be any good. lol sorry bout that


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12/7/2005 4:44:40 PM

 
Phillip    Yes, Debby that would be great! I dont want to go broke but I really love photography and know I will be a student of Photography the rest of my life.

Email me at philrewa@yahoo.com


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12/7/2005 4:44:49 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Phillip, you gotta watch Justin. Sometimes he can be a real smart***. Of course I can't say too much; I think he learned from me! It's all in fun though.


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12/8/2005 6:28:24 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  lol,lol,You just have to have that extra cup of coffee, before playing with the big boys,lol
and Justin and Kerry on the same thread ,thay can be very hard to keep up with.lol.
Good Morning Boys! :-)


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12/8/2005 6:40:43 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Mornin' ma'am! Yeah I did learn it from the pro: Kerry! At first I was timid about the forum but I realized that you can have fun in these things. Phillip, for future reference if it's a little off the wall or a little obsurd, i'm probbaly NOT being serious! Like Debby said, if Kerry and I are here we're usually piggybacking off the other's comments! lol


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12/8/2005 7:10:28 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Thanks for the credit (deep bow).


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12/8/2005 7:14:01 AM

 
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