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How to Photograph Senior Portraits That Will Take Pride of Place on the Mantlepiece

Over here in the UK we think of seniors as being people over 65, elsewhere the term ‘senior’ refers to late teens, odd huh?

We have a great friend and former student called Harriet Chen who is fantastic at this sort of work, have a look at her pictures here

©Harriet ChenScreen shot 2012-11-30 at 16.07.42Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 16.08.13All photos ©Harriet Chen

. over at Lightstalking has written an article about shooting seniors (somehow that sounds so wrong!) have a look at it here

Bravo! You’ve got that nice camera and a great lens, why not put it to good use? You can have some fun, and perhaps, maybe even save a few bucks along the way. However, here is a secret you may not know. It’s not as easy as it looks. It doesn’t take a whole trunk-load of gear to get great results. What it does take is a little time, a small investment in materials, a good sense of humor, and a willingness to work with your subject.

Here’s a checklist to get you started.

  1. You need a location.
  2. Clothing and perhaps props.
  3. A camera and lens. A DSLR with a selection of lenses would be nice but it’s not mandatory. You can also do this with a point-and-shoot camera as well.
  4. Simple lighting and light modification gear.
  5. A few extra human bodies will come in handy.

Want more……Click Here: How to Photograph Senior Portraits That Will Take Pride of Place on the Mantlepiece

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