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    So I have a few portraits lined up for the weekend and this coming week, and I'm hoping to build my photography portfolio! I'm excited but I want to make sure I get some good poses that aren't overly cliche. I'm taking pictures of some friends who really gain nothing from this so I'm afraid they are going to be too nervous to focus or they won't take it seriously so I won't get any good shots. Also the weather looks like it's going to be rainy this week (big shock) so I am going to hopefully have fun using that to my advantage using some rain elements in the pictures but what can I do outside, in bad weather? OH and is an umbrella going to suffice to keep my brand new pride and joy camera dry and perfect??

    Thanks everyone!

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    Heather,

    I'm not a portrait photographer but the first thing I noticed is that most of your pictures are taken looking down. Most portraits look better if you take them on a level with the eyes of your subjets. For children you might need to lay on the floor. From your blog I would gather that you have very little invested in camera gear so far. Your flash shots are too hot, for best results you need an off-camnera flash with a diffuser to soften the look (such as a Gary Wong diffuser). You might check out the blog (?) for the strobist: http://strobist.blogspot.com/ or http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html for a really good resource on lighting and how to make your own gear if you need to econmise.

    You should do some research and find out which poses are considered "classic" and try to master them before moving on to something more creative.

    If it's raining and the wind is gusting, you won't be able to much outdoor shooting and still keeep your camera completly dry. Portrait photography is difficult, outdoor portrait photography twice as hard. Indoors you control the light and the environment, outdoors nature rules.

    A place to start to see some of the best portraits in the world is to go http://www.magnumphotos.com/ and search on portraits. The photographer's of Magnum are considered to be in the top eschelon of photographers / photo-journalists world wide.

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    Thank you very much Charles that is a lot of great info! I don't wan't to specialize in portraits, but I do realize I need to master the basics of them before I can progress sufficiently. I actually always thought using the outdoors to my advantage was easier than manipulating everything myself I don't know why.

    I will look into that website too thank you!


    Is there anyone else last minute who has experience with shooting outdoor portraits in gloomy weather?

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    Heather,

    Here's a few last minute items. Attitude: if you approach this like you're my friends and could you stand still for an instant while I get a shot off, the results will be different than having the attitude, I'm am a trying to perfect my skills as a photographer and I am asking you to help me by being my model.

    Most of the best portraits are of ordinary people, that is to say, non-models. It is the photographer that needs to take charge of the situation, put the people at ease, get them to do what you want in the way you want it. Most of the art of portraiture still lies with the photographer, not the model.

    Technique wise, read the stobist site about things like a bounce card -- used to add light by "bouncing" it on to the subject from an external source. Som e of the best shots are done with bounce cards.

    I'm not all that good with people and that is the real key of great portraits. That and mastery of your camera.

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    I see you live in Wa also so wear rain gear.

    I don't do a lot of portraits but when I do I like to have fun. Most people, including myself, don't like having their photos taken and I hate being posed even worse. Let them be comfortable and for the first session focus on focus and lighting. If you have friends who are willing to sit for you take full advantage of it.

    Are you close to the Tacoma/Puyallup area?

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    I see you live in Wa also so wear rain gear.

    I don't do a lot of portraits but when I do I like to have fun. Most people, including myself, don't like having their photos taken and I hate being posed even worse. Let them be comfortable and for the first session focus on focus and lighting. If you have friends who are willing to sit for you take full advantage of it.

    Are you close to the Tacoma/Puyallup area?
    Yes Federal Way actually.

    And I'm making sure I only approach people whom I think will have fun doing it, I have some shy friends who I don't think would enjoy themselves at all and would probably make it an unpleasant experience, especially when starting out. I'm really jazzed about this and my attitude is great for this kind of thing!

    Thank you both!

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    I love shooting outdoors. Tell them to relax and have fun with it. give them an activity to do and tell them to forget about the camera. you're doing it to work on your portfolio, so you can have more candid images as long as they look good. Those devious smiles or cute shy glances look good. As long as you dont get frustrated then you should have a fun time.

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    Thank you everyone for your ideas and suggestions! I had a lot of fun doing them today!

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