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Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
 

Camera settings for family portrait


What settings will I need to shoot a family portrait in natural light(good amount of available indoor light)?
This is for a mom with 3 young children aged 2,3,& 4,so they are active and won't be sitting sit very long.


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2/1/2008 7:20:42 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hi Linda,

I guess I don't get it?

I looked at your gallery. Seems you have photographed people in natural light; and with success. What is the problem?


all the best,

Pete


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2/1/2008 4:37:42 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
 
 
  Potrait Reality 101
Potrait Reality 101
21.0mm,(1/4)sec,f/5.6,ISO 400,Available light from 3 windows and overhead light,Aperture Priority,Matrix Meter....I end up with blurring.
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  Kings Kids
Kings Kids
21.0mm,(1/15)sec,f/4.0,ISO 400,Program Mode...lack of clarity in their faces.
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I'll show you Pete...I'm mainly talking about inside with available light...sometimes it blurs very wasily even if I am using an f stop of 3.5.Not sure what to adjust.


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2/1/2008 6:12:06 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
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  Sweetie Pie
Sweetie Pie
24.0mm,(1/20)sec,f/4.0,ISO 400,Program Mode....
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  Lil Rocker
Lil Rocker
24.0mm,(1/8)sec,f/4.0,Program Mode...ISO400..why the blur on his hair...I'm looking for Tack Sharp..=)This is not that.I was using a tripod on all of these photos.
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To me...I have enough light...my settings must be messed up?? I'm looking for more clarity in these.


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2/1/2008 6:43:56 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Linda,

Thanks for the examples.

The f/stop is not the problem here; nor is it for ANY image (blur) problem.

Looking at your shutter speeds, this is a simple case of too slow a shutter speed coupled with subject movement.

Hard to believe? Do a simple test. Shoot the exact same settings with a self timer of yourself....DON'T move a muscle...or shoot something that won't move..an apple or something.

"Natural Light" or as I prefer to call it "Available light" is just that..available...unchangeable.

There are 2 options. Get a much faster lens..expensive....

or raise the ISO. (least expensive) LOL

1/30th sec should be a minimum, especially with children. Since children are not made to sit still (LOL) your only option is to bump up your ISO..Try 800....maybe even higher.

I realize you may get some graininess, but if you don't enlarge the photos greatly, it should be ok. I'd rather have a little (grain" than blurry photos; you?


all the best,

Pete


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2/1/2008 7:50:43 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  PS:

Hint: Look at the chair in the 1st photo. ;)


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2/1/2008 7:54:50 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Thank very much Pete...that helps a lot!!!!I thought the camera would decide the shutter speed naturally for the available light.
I guess it's not smart enough to know it's a moving child I'm trying to capture...=)So I will set it myself instead of having it on auto.
What kind of faster lens are you talking about?? The main lens I use is 18-55mm,I also have a 50-200mm lens.
Thanks again!!God Bless~Linda=)


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2/1/2008 8:12:15 PM

 
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