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#1 photojazz

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:39 AM

Whooopeee. the PJ is happy, excited and a lil nervous. 5 minutes ago, I was offered a job to take pictures of couples attending the St. Barbara's Day Ball. This is a formal event for the US Army Artillery soldiers here in Heidelberg. There will be approximately 100 couples along with other big guys..our commanding general..etc.. The date is 16 December but I must accept or say no NLT 31 Oct. Happy/Excited - because, I was refered to them because of several shots from PlanetNikon and my guggamusik website. Nervous- First time getting paid well for a photog job and need some knowledge on performing couple shots.....so I will be asking my family here for tips and pointers if I accept the job. First, I must buy some flash units and background materials. Need your advice. Second, any advice, personal expetriences, websites etc.... Other questions, coming. Thanks in advance. Nervous PJ..:unsure:

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 04:06 AM

Congrats, PJ!! Jon can do wonders with a pair of SB-800s a reflector, some BG material, and a few light stands. He'd be my first PM. Don
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:43 AM

Thanks and u are 1000% right. I plan to contact him soon. PJ

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:52 AM

Too bad it's not the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Congrats. OD
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 12:42 AM

Hey Jazzer - just saw your post... How exciting for you!!! Couple thoughts. If you're going to be setting up a "portrait station" where folks will come to you, there are two ways you can go: studio monoblock lights or speedlights. If you don't have either at present, you might see about borrowing or renting a pair of monoblocks. They're AC powered, and you won't have to worry about batteries for speedlights. A single studio head and a large softbox (3-5 footer) would be perfect for couples portraits. A black fabric or seamless paper background, or a handpainted muslin (dark blue tones) makes for a nice formal portrait. You can use your second studio light as a hair light to separate the subjects from the dark background. Subjects can be placed 7-10 feet from the background so you don't get any spill from you main light on the background. I'd suggest manual exposure mode on the camera: ISO 200; 1/125 sec; f/5.6 to start with. Dial in the power of your main light until you get the exposure on your subjects as you want it. If you need more depth of field, you can stop down to f/8 or 9, and dial up the power of the light to compensate. Anyway, something to think about. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with. The main thing would be to try it out before you do it for real on 12/16 so it's second nature by the time you get there. Congrats on the gig! J
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 12:50 AM

Congratulations!! Well done. Take the job! :) You will do just fine.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 02:04 AM

Hey Jazzer - just saw your post... How exciting for you!!!

Couple thoughts. If you're going to be setting up a "portrait station" where folks will come to you, there are two ways you can go: studio monoblock lights or speedlights. If you don't have either at present, you might see about borrowing or renting a pair of monoblocks. They're AC powered, and you won't have to worry about batteries for speedlights. A single studio head and a large softbox (3-5 footer) would be perfect for couples portraits. A black fabric or seamless paper background, or a handpainted muslin (dark blue tones) makes for a nice formal portrait. You can use your second studio light as a hair light to separate the subjects from the dark background. Subjects can be placed 7-10 feet from the background so you don't get any spill from you main light on the background.

I'd suggest manual exposure mode on the camera: ISO 200; 1/125 sec; f/5.6 to start with. Dial in the power of your main light until you get the exposure on your subjects as you want it. If you need more depth of field, you can stop down to f/8 or 9, and dial up the power of the light to compensate.

Anyway, something to think about. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with. The main thing would be to try it out before you do it for real on 12/16 so it's second nature by the time you get there.

Congrats on the gig!

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Thanks Jon.

I planned to contact u for some input but was real busy last week. I will look at renting the equipment and also doing at least 3 sessions before Dec 16. My Fasnet organization has two events and another group has a ball that I was asked 4 times to do but I was too nrevous so I did not take the offer.:o

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