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Alicia McMahill
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/19/2005

How to go at this

I have been asked by a mom to take her sons senior picts. They have talked and want them to be rustic and I think I have a few ideas that will cove it. The question I have is how to go at this. the young man is African American, and I look forward to doing the job I just have to say that where I am living this has not been a chance I have had to date. I want to do a great job on his shots. This question makes me feel like I know less and less about photography the more I get into it:}
thanks for your thoughts in advance

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10/12/2006 8:09:12 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Hi Alicia,
I'm not sure what your actual question is? I've only been doing photography on the side for 2 or 3 years now, and have done a few Senior Portraits- my very first one was an african american boy. Are you afraid you'll have trouble with exposure because of a darker skin tone than you are used to? Honestly I didn't find it to be any different than ligher skin tones I've worked with. You want his face to be properly exposed more than anything, so meter to the face, that's my recommendation! Maybe someone else can give you more insight.

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10/13/2006 7:17:07 AM

Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Alicia, when I think of rustic, I think of old barns ,maybe a fallen tree, or old stone buildings, fences,things like that. right now with all the fall leaves is the perfect setting for outside rustic photos. hope that helps :)

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10/13/2006 2:08:10 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  When you're photographing people with dark complexions, get a meter reading of the whole scene then open up (overexpose) about 1/2 to 2/3 of an f-stop.

Posing? Brenda's got some good thoughts there. Find a tree stump, bring along a text book, seat him, put the book on his knee, have him strike a "thinker" pose and variations on that. Make sure you connect up with him through the camera lens.
Take it light.
"I do not know what I do not know". Frederck Nietze.

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10/14/2006 9:38:20 AM

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