Family Portrait


This is a recent family portrait I did in the studio.  While I generally prefer to shoot portraits outside of the studio (except for head shots), this was a bit more challenging because of the number of individual.  I had two front lights roughly set equality at f11 and I had two back light that were not pointed toward the backdrop but up against the white ceiling tiles (metered to be the same at about f8 or so).  This strategy allowed for a very broad and soft light from above that also added a bit of light to the background yield nice separation from the background. 

With groups of this size in the studio, I like to put my camera on a tripod with a release cable.  The reason is it is much easier for me to see everyone's face/expressions this way rather than thru a view finder.  It also slows my shooting down and forces me to focus more on composition.  

Camera: Nikon D700 with 24-70mm f 2.8, set at ISO 200, 1/125, f8 at 50mm.   Lighting was with Calumet Travelites.

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