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04-08-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
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Impromptu portraits!!!

Ok apparently we r doing Easter pics today and all I have is the following lenses to work with, we will be indoors in front of a fireplace. Using my k5 with k7 as backup

Pentax smc F 35-80mm 1:4-5.6
Pentax smc F 70-210mm 1:4-5.6
Pentax da 18-55 wr 1:3.5-5.6
Tamron 28-300mm 1:3.5-6.3 macro

Sorry for the short notice but it was just sprung on me and I need suggestions, family of 7 bright colored clothing help a brother out.

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If it was me, I would try the F 70-210, but I think it is probably too long unless you have a big room. Second choice would be the DA 18-55, I think it is sharper than the 35-80.
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Focal-length wise the 18-55 should be the most useful for groups indoor.
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If you have window sheers, pull them closed so that the light coming is gets diffused and bounced around the room. Use a tripod, set your ISO around 400~800, and see if you've got enough light. The 18-55 would also be my recommendation, and it is sharpest at f/8. f/8 Will also allow you to get the whole family in focus if you're two rows deep.

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Sun was to bright gonna try again in the evening got too dark inside, and I had remote issuesName:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1333910156.833221.jpg
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Yeah, maybe a reshoot... The big guy in the photo needs a smile.
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Yeah, maybe a reshoot... The big guy in the photo needs a smile.
Lol it was the sun and 5 kids!!!
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Love the one with the remote in your hand! I have a bunch of those myself. LOL

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Love the one with the remote in your hand! I have a bunch of those myself. LOL
Yep. Should pass the remote to one of the kids, you never look for it there.
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Yep. Should pass the remote to one of the kids, you never look for it there.
Yeah I fought with that remote all day, it would work for nothing if I hid it at my side but as soon as I put it where I didn't want it clicky clicky went the camera.

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Yeah I fought with that remote all day, it would work for nothing if I hid it at my side but as soon as I put it where I didn't want it clicky clicky went the camera.

JJ
It's visual range (IR), right? Just put it in 3-second delay, and you should be fine.
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Maybe a little fill flash, to brighten the faces?
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Nice family portrait.

I would bring the whole family into the shade - that will make everyone more comfortable and better light.

Given that you have enough space, my personal choice is to select a spot where distance from the subjects (the group) to background as far as possible, and use focal 50/55/70/80 to frame the group.

Based on your list of lenses, I would pick the Pentax F 70-210 or the Tamron 28-300 between f5.6-f8. Use with lens hood.

The 70/80/90/100 focals give the best bokeh (out-of-focus) background between f5.6 and f8.
Since f5.6 is the largest aperture of these lenses, the photos will be a bit soft, not as goos as f8.
Between f5.6 and f8 is a compromize.

Also select a background that does not have completely bright sun in the scene, but it depends on how you like the effect of backlit background.
Also avoid shade that have sun spots.
Use spot meter on camera or manual mode. Shot in raw that allows adjustment highligh and shadow fill.
Make a few test shots and turn the camera to manual focus mode to be sure.
and don't worry about long exposure time - you have tripod.

Good luck

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