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 Post subject: Christmas Card Portrait
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:12 pm 
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Hey all,

I've been casually asked by a friend to do a Portrait of him, his girlfriend, and their two cats for use in the Christmas Card this year. They want to have their christmas tree in the shot as well.

My intention was to put a white sheet up as a backround to cover the tree (it's a small apt tree), and hopefully the floor as well.

I want to get a bit creative with this and for it not to come out like a typical rulebook wal-mart shot (which probably contradicts the previous statment). However, they may just want a standard shot like that. I'm just looking for any advice anyone would have.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:21 pm 
i wouldn't complicate things.. I have the feeling that a photo with a nice light on their face and a lit x-mas tree in the back is all they want.. simplify things as much as you can..


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I'd go for available light, no background, and some extra candles for atmorphere. Try to limit DoF so the tree in the background is blurred. Have the couple each hold a cat at just above chest height, and shoot everything above the belt, nothing below. Alternatively, have the couple sit down on the floor with their cats and do a full body shot.

Of course, I currently have my own living room in mind, which would facilitate that kind of a shot, it might not work elsewhere.

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Thanks for the comments guys, just a few questions for Bjorn.

Available light, meaning ambinet light? No Strobe?

And no backround meaning just ues the drywayll behind?


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