I've invited a friend of mine who showed me her make-over shots to let me photograph her as well. I don't have a studio nor know how to use one so I have decided to go outdoor and shoot photos of her.
I've been reading online forums, discussions and articles on portraiture (is that what it's called?) but would like to get your views and tips since this will be the first time I have a model to pose for me.
I'd like to hear your views on things like what she should wear (I'm thinking of going to Sunset bay, Sentosa during 5-7pm, any other suggestions too?), how she should pose (I know I shouldn't restrict her to look this way or face that way too much, but what I'd like to know what looks good, or rather "flattering"), lighting and shadows and it's effects etc etc.
I'm only using a cp5700 which has an 8x zoom (around 35-280mm equivalent?) at f/2.8 - f/4.0. So I'm wondering if the aperture is small enuff to limit my DOF so that I can isolate her in the foreground and get a blur background. I know it will not be as good as those SLR type shots, what with normal lenses and all with apertures as low as f/1 or something like that.
Please, any tips or help from you all would be greatly appreciated. I'm basically going to just try it out for the first time and see if I net any good shots of her, but would like to "arm" myself with information so I can learn better with and through the experience.
Thanx in advance!