Children and Family Photography

 

Children and Family Photography

 

Lesson Info

TTL Demo

Who hasn't gone who's up for t t l um do you think we could throw an umbrella on that one real quick if that's the one that you just undo real quick, I want to show you actually you don't have a clear on just take this off and handed to me in, um, in defense of the simplest way possible to be able to light something I want to show you what I mean by the umbrella. Are you ready? You wanna introduce yourself shake hand from maryland? Maryland? You're my puppies. Yes. Ok, so we're just going to simply sit down here. We're gonna all right. So if you saw this is the silver side inside of there, uh, umbrella they also have a white one. Um, it's, uh, deepen, not as deep options. And then you just like you would an umbrella on ben. You slide it in, and this is the extent of how I will modify my lighting in that amazing that's. What I mean by simple, the soft boxes are a little more work to put on, right? How long would you say it took you to put it on just from scratch? Five, ten minutes. Yeah...

, and they get a little more complicated based on the size of the like the octo back doesn't was confusing one s so if I'm going to do something right here and then I've got this octu it back let's just start with just the umbrella because this is the one that I just moved around a lot member I mentioned I used it like in a hospital is an ivy um I am setting up the remote. This is going to read it for me, which is probably turn it on, go back like this, okay, and then shoot against the tv. Is this what this one is already on with the box? Let's? Just check it real quick. Okay? It's got a nice little test. You can think it ahs well, a set up the high speed sync how do you feel about having a camera pointed at your face? So are you feeling good? All right, so we've got an umbrella pointed right at her and she also has some glasses. We're going to just see what we get here. It's uh this one's a bit hot for me. I'm going to soften this up a little bit by simply adjusting my aperture. I was at a one eight. There you go a little bit, yes, thank you and it's gonna go ahead and read my new exposure right away for me it's a pretty big difference, huh? On dh then if I see a little bit of the uh I'm going to see a little bit of glare in those classes I wanna just a hair it's come this way yeah good down in this way and up a little bit hey there you go beautiful I mean more well actually it's still pretty soft I'm gonna actually then this is my solution then is to raise it and to dip down like the son all right I like how you bring it look to your people say hi I love you I feel like I just met you all right and then you come back to me and now we actually look at that real quick like that shot see how the glare is gone all right come back to me exactly just as we were straight on queen for just a little bit should not there we go and then turn your chin slightly towards them and then glance back at me I just want to show you what a little bit of this maneuvering khun dio so we have no blast, claire once we moved it up and filtered it down and this is the also the easiest trick in the book too is just to do a little bit and tilt back but if you could go back one let me do that without your eyes a little close to seven nights for example of you I think I got you to the yes, I did. Um you khun see kind of a few different angles there. Yeah, and so that's nice and you can see through to that is a big question. I get a lot is about glass player and that's a really simple way to solve this. Can you explain again about the battery packs and how that works so you can take these out in the field, etcetera? Oh, yeah. E, um literally these go on a kind of like a camera camera strap. He'd have this on here. Did these come with that with camera strap that's the battery. I'll show you that one too. Okay, so might have a camera like a strap that you could just put it on your shoulder or you can wrap it around your chest similar to kind of a laptop bag. And the nice thing is, like that ultra portability I will. When I mentioned earlier that I had the stand that I just walked around, I just literally had it hanging off of this everywhere went so just wheeled around. It was so nice, not literally wheeled around there, no wheels on ten, but I just kind of pulled it everywhere it was really easy you can see right here the battery usage on it it's really obvious similar to just like on your camera you just watching the battery drop when I get down to just one bar you can just take this out and pop in a new one and it is a simple as that mine has what makes it that little uh what makes it that little carrying case thing actually puts it in a little protector it's it's almost like it has a little jacket and you just got to pull it out the jacket poppet that got to keep going so we have two batteries we keep in charge of all time we go out and shoot on the recycle time on these is amazing it's for for strobes very very fast I could do burst mode and get my shots which is very cool and I will have the extra backup batteries so that no matter how much for shooting a few hours in I can pop in the new battery and keep going and just really go anywhere I want with that type of system are you limited to just two lights or can you actually add on oh yeah you got what you wanted yeah you're definitely not limited to two lights some people just buy one and then slowly add on a second I find I'm always using the two not always but most of time using two in a situation where I said that it's kind of tough to navigate then I may just use the umbrella gets a nice clean spread but for the most part especially out in fields and stuff I just love being ableto add that extra splash a light behind people it's really nice yeah but you can keep adding on if you want tio um then diffuser and scram I think that's pretty straight board right you guys totally got it about the diffuser and scream that's just holding ah large diffuser in front of a bright light and calming it down I can certainly show you again if you'd like tomorrow I just wanted to ask what is and this is from because a couple votes in the terrans what is the difference between using an umbrella or a soft box? So just as you were, yang last drops the difference between using an umbrella and a soft boxes faras light shapers go you have a number of different options and a lot of that I honestly believe for me is about personal preference what I what I want this is literally like reflecting this is a reflector I have a light it's getting bounced it's coming back nice and soft as it relates to the easiest way to have a nice soft light I love this a lot of people will argue for the silver reverses the white interiors I don't really have much of opinion I tend to use the white um azi the difference being that and an octo or the general saw fox is a couple things this to me is probably the most flattering of all the lights. Having this really close to a subject's face is a very flattering look. You can also add a beauty dish on top of the b two's we have that in our studio as well, which is a cool, very different look, a nice hard case light that will give you a very different look in the eyes as well. To me, the octo is probably most flattering. The larger soft box is the easiest and simplest for families, and the umbrella is the one that if I want the most simplicity in a really soft light, I will take that pop it out anywhere. I mean, if you think about it, if you look at it, the light and this is a luxury for me, we don't even usually like sand it when we're out, I'll just hand it to an assistant, and this is the whole kit right here, like, if I want to keep it really simple, I've got this, you saw how I'm just doing this and it's, this is it, so a lot of people think this is a really big pain in the butt to bring places, but I can just do this in this with the pack on my shoulder, and have an incredible amount of light shaping tools, I can't say that is easily about this. Yes, the soft box fold up into a really simple little envelope that you can throw in a backpack. That's, actually, true, it's. Just if I want to just throw something down and keep going, which is how I like to shoot. This is the favorite choice for that.

Class Description

The best family portraits are those that capture the true spirit and personalities of their subjects. In Children and Family Photography, Tamara Lackey will teach you how to photograph individual children, sibling groups, and complete families in an authentic and exciting new way.

Tamara is a celebrated family and lifestyle photographer. In this class, she’ll teach you how to beautifully light, naturally pose, and creatively photograph children and their families. You’ll learn about:

  • The gear that’ll help you get you great shots
  • Which lights to use and when to use them
  • How to integrate the location into the shoot
  • Digital workflow and album design
Through instruction and demonstration shoots, Tamara will share her top tips on posing and lighting and she’ll teach you how to get everyone into a great group shot. You’ll also learn about what goes into her sales sessions and how she handles prints and portrait albums.

Whether you are a parent who wants to take better photographs for the family album or an experienced photographer hoping to expand into the family photography business – this class will equip you with the insights and skills you need to produce photographs that feel natural and look great. 

Lessons

1Simple Posing: Young Girl
2Simple Posing:Young Boy
3Group Posing: Two Girls
4Backlit Shots: One Girl
5Shooting in the Shade
6Using the Rule of Thirds
7Review of Selected Images
8Working with Self Consciousness
9Training to Photograph Authentically
10Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject
11ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model
12Stylize and Prep for a Shoot
13Simple Family Poses
14Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing
15Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene
16Natural Light and Strobes
17Image Review of Family Photos
18Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion
19Ice Light Demo
20Constant Lights Demo
21Speedlight Demo
22TTL Demo
23Reflector Demo
1Pose Children in a field
2Build on your shots
3Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field
4Capture Splashing in a Lake
5Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects
6Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot
7Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects
8Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy
9Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination
10Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything
11Top Tips Q&A
12Family poses in a field
13Posing: Family of 5
14Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field
15Posing: Parent/Child Pairings
16Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together
17Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer
18Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs
1Tamara's Gear: Cameras
2Tamara's Gear: Lenses
3Tamara's Gear: Accessories
4Mylio Demo
5Digital Album Design
6Sales Prep Process
7Photo Review With Client
8Selected Images and how to sell them
9Closing out the Sale
10Professional Photography Pricing
11Start Your Business
12How to Market Yourself
13How to Stay Inspired
14Photoshoot Recap
15Tamara's Top Tips Recap
16Tamara's Tools Recap
17The Importance of Family Photography