A few weeks back I went on a night shoot with a friend who couldn’t get her camera to work when we were set up. My first question to her was “Did you take your lens cap off?” I asked that because it is the reason my camera wouldn’t work on more than one occasion. She had her lens cap off but she had her DSLR set on automatic with the flash turned off. My first response to this was “you don’t use this camera in auto do you”. She shoots with a Nikon D90. We adjusted her settings and she shot in Aperture priority and well and in manual and was totally amazed with her results. (To be honest I was amazed with mine as well. I hadn’t done any night shooting since my days of using film.) After she saw her results she asked me to help her with her camera and photography and I agreed. That in part is the reason for the theme behind this blog.
One of the areas that I still need to learn a lot more about is portraits. I do not shoot a lot of people, and if I do they are usually candid shots. I have on occasion shot portraits (head and shoulder shots when I have been asked) for friends and family and here a few things I have learned to far.
These are both mistakes that I made with the portraits that I have done and will remember for the next time I am asked to do a portrait.