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Working with portable stands and backdrops

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A lot of senior portraits these days don't require

Working with portable stands and backdrops

A lot of senior portraits these days don't require the traditional backdrop and the, you know, all that stuff. They get to shoot them outside. But some schools do have certain requirements. And in fact, normally, when you're a junior, the students get a packet in the mail, that sort of outlines how that all works. You want to make sure that you have a chance to look at that if indeed they did receive that. So if there are any backdrop requirements, you know what they are.

Now, if you do have to shoot with a backdrop, or if the student wants a backdrop, it's not that big a deal. I mean, this is actually a fairly affordable sort of thing. The stand that's behind me there, you can get those for about $65, and up of course, in photography it's always up, but you can get them for about $65. This is the same stand I had back at my studio, it's very portable, you can carry it around. Now, I like to use two types of material for my backdrops.

One is a muslin and I have a couple different colors and you know, what's really fun is if you get a backdrop that has two different sides. So actually becomes, one backdrop becomes, you know, two looks. And I like them that have the nice Grommets on them here. This makes sure that the fabric doesn't tear away. Now the way that I connect the backdrop to the stand is the $1.99 set of shower curtain hooks. These things work great.

And they just slide very easily on the pole, and you can just carry a bunch of em. You don't have to worry about anything that's, you know, fancy or special. You just go to the drugstore and get more if you run out. Now, some students will like something that's a little bit less, you know, Muslin is very traditional look. But you can go with what we call seamless paper, and it'll also work on your pole. You just run the pole right through it, pull the paper down, and then tape it to the floor, and that way you get a nice sweep.

You want a nice angle there. And this comes in a variety of colors. A lot of times I'll carry a white one and a black one, and it gives a more sleek look, it's not as traditional as, as the Muslin. Kind of more of a modern appearance. So those are your basic backdrop choices. Now one of the things that were going to do, I'll give you a little foreshadowing right now, is that I also look for textures around me. You may see a texture behind me that we may be using for a backdrop in an upcoming shoot, but this will get you going, this setup right here.

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Photographing High School Senior Portraits

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  1. 3m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Understanding the art and business of portraiture
      1m 58s
  2. 14m 15s
    1. Understanding the general guidelines for senior portraits
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring the light in various shoot locations
      3m 24s
    3. Understanding the business of senior portraits
      3m 36s
    4. Pricing for portrait shoots
      2m 55s
    5. Setting up a portable studio
      2m 36s
  3. 28m 34s
    1. Understanding the minimum space requirements for a studio shoot
      2m 25s
    2. Working with portable stands and backdrops
      2m 44s
    3. Posing and photographing female subjects
      7m 21s
    4. Discussing the interior shoot expectations with a student
      4m 35s
    5. Posing and photographing a male subject
      8m 36s
    6. Working with continuous lights vs. strobes
      2m 53s
  4. 31m 18s
    1. Reviewing the gear for the outdoor portrait shoot
      5m 35s
    2. Reviewing additional accessories for the outdoor portrait shoot
      3m 52s
    3. Working with family members during a portrait shoot
      5m 49s
    4. Discussing the expectations for the yearbook portrait
      4m 55s
    5. Shooting a portrait, starting with natural light
      7m 5s
    6. Taking advantage of the golden hour for outdoor portraits
      4m 2s
  5. 39m 36s
    1. Sorting through the portrait shoot session
      7m 17s
    2. Picking the set to share with the client
      6m 54s
    3. Sharing the image set with the client
      5m 42s
    4. Working with a client in person to review images
      9m 26s
    5. Touching up and post work on the client favorites
      5m 6s
    6. Reviewing the final selects picked by the photographer
      5m 11s

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