Pictures of cute kids? Can't I take pictures of spiders instead?
October 15, 2012 3:30 PM Subscribe
Volunteered to hover around company Halloween event & take pictures of cute kids in costume. Turns out that I am Designated Photographer. Help me take some decent pics!
posted by Currer Belfry to technology (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Beginning photographer here. I belong to my company's photography club and I volunteered to take pictures of cute munchkins in costume at the company's annual Halloween party next week.
Well, it turns out that I am Designated Photographer, meaning that I expect to be the only one there. The expectation is that I'll take "posed" pictures of the kids as well as whatever impromptu shots I come up with. My company doesn't expect miracles out of me, and they certainly do not charge the parents for the pictures, but I'd like to take the best pictures that someone at my skill level can take.
I'm not terribly comfortable around kids, either. (Way out of the comfort zone here.)
Finally, I'm a nervous nellie, so there tends to be a lot of camera shake. I will be bringing a tripod.
* Nikon D40 with 18-55 mm kit lens and onboard flash. (I do have a 40 mm macro lens but I don't think anyone will want super-duper closeups!). I might be able to borrow a co-worker's better-quality flash that he uses to take pictures of people at work, but I'm not counting on that.
* Tripod as mentioned above and (somewhat flaky) remote control.
The lighting will be some overhead fluorescent from inside and probably some late-afternoon sunlight (lots of windows, northwest exposure).
I do have a basic/intermediate understanding of my camera's settings and photo terminology.
All pointers much appreciated, especially cheapo suggestions for bounces, etc. However, too much equipment that I've never used before might wind up with me being a trembling heap in the ladies' room. Which I'd rather avoid.