Need Urgent Help! Can anyone give me a quick crash course on how to shoot portrait?


sin77

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Equipment:
Nikon D7000
1 x SB910
1 x SB900
1 x flash diffuser (mounted on hotshoe) for built-in flash

Location:
Small Indoor Room

Outcome:
Passport photo (without shadow on the wall)

Questions:
Where/How should I place the 2 wireless flashes?
1 on camera + 1 on tripod?
OR
Use built-in flash w/ diffuser + 2 on tripods (left & right sides)?
 

Rashkae

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I would use the second option. White background too.

FYI, asking for help on how to shoot portraits is not like asking for help to shoot passport photos.
 

Octarine

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Single hot shoe flash with diffuser and bounce to ceiling also works well. Stay away from the wall (>0.5m).
 

catchlights

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passport photo is not portrait




place subject 5 feet away from b/g
place a SB900 behind subject aim at b/g, make sure b/g is blown
one SB900 hotshoe mounted on camera, aim at the ceiling behind you, do not aim the ceiling between you and the subject.
shoot in horizontal orientation, and crop it into vertical at post.
 

catchlights

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#5
your set up is so elaborate, 10 times better than those aunties at digilab,
they just use a prosumer cam with built in flash to shoot passport photos,
charging money and photos never get rejected by ICA

you better produce some decent passport photos with you gears...
 

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JacePhoto

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Why write when a video tells a thousand words...? haha

Youtube Keywords: shooting portrait, passport

[video=youtube;EPTMvL0dp0U]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPTMvL0dp0U[/video]
 

sin77

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Actually looking at shooting both types. Normal portrait and passport photos.

Thanks all for the tips!

I think I'm ready to go.
 

Agetan

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Eh... Just use white wall with window light facing the wall is good enough. Even if you shoot 1600iso and f2.8, it will be acceptable as long as it is properly expose. As passport photo size is only 35mmx45mm.

Or just shoot with point and shoot. But make sure the subject stand away from the white backdrop so no shadow.

But to shoot normal portrait, you need to talk to the subject, understand what makes them look good then shoot. It's not about the setup.

Hart
 

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Passport photo is easy lah, even use iPhone also can do.

If you're submitting online, you just need a super small JPG file.
And after they print it onto the passport, you won't be able to tell the difference if the photo is taken from iPhone or FF camera.
 

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