Teacher Portraits

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by termina3, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I'm on assignment for the school newspaper; I'm supposed to take the photos to accompany a "new teacher" article.

    Classically these photos have been, well, not so great ones of them in their offices, or staring at the camera–you get the idea. I have no doubt I'd be able to replicate this, but I was hoping to take it a step farther.

    Kids in the photo is outa the question, and I'll have about 15 minutes with the teacher in their classroom. I have a D70, 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 DX, 70-200 (i.e. 105-300 on digital) f/2.8 VR at my disposal.

    Posing ideas? Lighting? Things shouldn't get too artsy, but hey, I'm open to any ideas.

  2. libertyterran macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2007
    Remember to bring an external flash. A wide-angle lens might help a lot as well :D.
  3. HckySo macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2006
    turn around
  4. mac4life2007 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2007
    Light from laptop screen remind me of Apple Photo Booth

    Great idea!
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    First off, for a pleasing perspective, get some distance. Use a 50mm to 80m lens for a head and shoulder shot. Don't use any direct aimed flash. Natural light is best if you have it. A window light is the best. If you do need more light aim the flash at a white colored wall or the ceiling. In short no direct flash, try for natural light

    Next talk to your subject and take a few shots. These are "throw aways" the idea is to get the subject warmmed up and used to the camera. Then whan they are acting more natural try and catch some natural expressions and un-posed shots.

    Don't bother trying to duplicate a studio type portrait shot. If you get a natural pose and expression and don't have the "flash on the face" look you will be fine.
  6. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    If the weather's decent, and you've got any sort of interesting background nearby, consider shooting outside - you'll need to sell that idea to the powers that be. Still use a wide aperture (if you don't have a portrait lens like my 35mm f/2, go as wide as your existing lens will go).

    If you're shooting outside, you're probably stuck doing this early in the morning - school days tend to end too early to get good afternoon/evening light.

    Variations on this would be to find out if they have an outside interest that'd work for the photo (e.g. they're really into their car), and use that as a prop. Note that, if you're doing something like this, you'll need to ignore my "wide aperture" advice.

    Edit: In your sig - why don't you have an HD named George?
  7. termina3 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    Thanks for all the help guys! The shots turned out great.

    He's next :) . Don't have enough HDDs yet...

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