Taking Family Portrait At Home


pooh83

New Member
Sep 2, 2011
96
0
0
34
#1
Hi All,

I am thinking of taking a family portrait at home due to my wheelchair bound grandmother who is not accessible to most photo studio.

Basically I have the following :

- Nikon D5100 with a tripod

- 3rd party basic flash

- A Wall that had a black textured Formica at my living room with is wide and long enough.

- 3 'Warm Light' Spotlight along the stretch of the area.

What else do I Need?

Do I need a secondary flash or an umbrella and such?

Please advise :)
 

Rashkae

Senior Member
Nov 28, 2005
19,105
12
0
#3
You need to set up and practice some shots, see which way bouncing the flash works best.
 

one eye jack

Senior Member
Jun 11, 2011
804
10
18
#5
Hi All,

I am thinking of taking a family portrait at home due to my wheelchair bound grandmother who is not accessible to most photo studio.

Basically I have the following :

- Nikon D5100 with a tripod

- 3rd party basic flash

- A Wall that had a black textured Formica at my living room with is wide and long enough.

- 3 'Warm Light' Spotlight along the stretch of the area.

What else do I Need?

Do I need a secondary flash or an umbrella and such?

Please advise :)
Here are some ideas,the principle is the same. Good luck.

10 Ways to Shoot Stunning Portraits With Only One Light

Flash series pt 13: Details & Indoor Portraits | Wedding Photography Blog | Melissa Jill Photography
 

Blur Shadow

Senior Member
Sep 17, 2005
4,886
4
0
#6
How big is your family? A simple solution with fairly pleasing results is to simply set the right exposure and bounce the flash off the ceiling.

If you want more precise lighting, you'd need to put in more work.
 

pooh83

New Member
Sep 2, 2011
96
0
0
34
#7
How big is your family? A simple solution with fairly pleasing results is to simply set the right exposure and bounce the flash off the ceiling.

If you want more precise lighting, you'd need to put in more work.
It's basically 7 adults and 3 toddlers. Quite small actually.

But was worrying if I need another flash and e umbrella
 

SkyStrike

Moderator
Staff member
Nov 29, 2010
3,444
11
38
Somewhere
#8
It's basically 7 adults and 3 toddlers. Quite small actually.

But was worrying if I need another flash and e umbrella
I think 1 flash no problem lar... 4 behind, 3 infront, toddlers sitting on lap or standing by sides.

If you want to test it out, just try out the ceiling flash bounce and see where the light falls off. The moment you see "vignetting" and the light is not enough to cover all your subjects, you know you will need additional lightings solution.
 

Blur Shadow

Senior Member
Sep 17, 2005
4,886
4
0
#9
It's basically 7 adults and 3 toddlers. Quite small actually.

But was worrying if I need another flash and e umbrella
Yup. I agree with Sky Strike. I think bouncing off the ceiling should be quite adequate. Unless you are looking for more creative lighting...
 

daredevil123

Moderator
Staff member
Oct 25, 2005
21,645
63
48
lil red dot
#10
If the wall behind you is white, you can use it to bounce as well.. here is a video on how to light a larger group evenly.

[video=youtube;L0pBaPRRg_o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0pBaPRRg_o[/video]
 

catchlights

Moderator
Staff member
Sep 27, 2004
21,903
46
48
Punggol, Singapore
www.foto-u.com
#11
Hi All,

I am thinking of taking a family portrait at home due to my wheelchair bound grandmother who is not accessible to most photo studio.

Basically I have the following :

- Nikon D5100 with a tripod

- 3rd party basic flash

- A Wall that had a black textured Formica at my living room with is wide and long enough.

- 3 'Warm Light' Spotlight along the stretch of the area.

What else do I Need?

Do I need a secondary flash or an umbrella and such?

Please advise :)
I don't recommend using mixed lighting, especially on human, you will have problem correcting the mixed White balance at the post.

even your formica is matt finishing, it still will have hot spot from your main light, you will be very limited on how the way you place your main light, so basically you can forget about using umbrella lighting, using ceiling bounce or just live with the hotspot.



It's basically 7 adults and 3 toddlers. Quite small actually.

But was worrying if I need another flash and e umbrella

you want three toddlers stay still for photo taking?

you can try
promise 3 sets of happy meal after the shoot, or
put a mini TV near the camera lens showing their favourite cartoon.

else duct tape and cable ties should help.
 

wonglp

Moderator
Staff member
Jul 20, 2007
6,794
65
48
Bukit Batok
#12

Shizuma

Senior Member
Mar 19, 2012
2,557
25
0
#13
I don't recommend using mixed lighting, especially on human, you will have problem correcting the mixed White balance at the post.

even your formica is matt finishing, it still will have hot spot from your main light, you will be very limited on how the way you place your main light, so basically you can forget about using umbrella lighting, using ceiling bounce or just live with the hotspot.






you want three toddlers stay still for photo taking?

you can try
promise 3 sets of happy meal after the shoot, or
put a mini TV near the camera lens showing their favourite cartoon.

else duct tape and cable ties should help.
is it possible to determine where the hot spot is beforehand , then using a decoration or soft toy to sit in the spot?
 

catchlights

Moderator
Staff member
Sep 27, 2004
21,903
46
48
Punggol, Singapore
www.foto-u.com
#14
is it possible to determine where the hot spot is beforehand , then using a decoration or soft toy to sit in the spot?
hotspot is the reflection of the main light, imagine the whole wall is a mirror, how do you place the light and don't see the mirror reflection of the light?

anyway, since it is digital, just take a shot you will know where the hotspot is, so stick the softtoy or Christmas decoration on the wall will do, most probably is just above the subjects' head.

or else can lower the main light all the way and light it upward, definitely no hotspot, but..................
 

pooh83

New Member
Sep 2, 2011
96
0
0
34
#16
What happens if you decide to mount a flash? How sia?
 

pooh83

New Member
Sep 2, 2011
96
0
0
34
#18
Wah idea SIA..

ThAnK you so Much :) nor 😄*LoL*😂
 

Top Bottom