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Podcast 275 : Xmas Party Portrait Shoot – Part 2

On December 17th 2010, I did a portrait shoot at a Xmas party, where I set up my studio in a large room in a restaurant here in Tokyo, and ended up shooting nine groups of people. Last week we looked at the Studio setup and I talked about some...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Marcus
    Posted at 07:03h, 18 January Reply

    Beautiful results from the portrait shoot !! Fantastic variety and really wonderful moments you captured !!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 08:56h, 18 January Reply

    Thanks Marcus!

  • Ralph Marshall
    Posted at 23:55h, 18 January Reply

    Looks like a great event. Any chance we could see an example of the (blank) order form you used? It sounds like it would be quite helpful as far as keeping everything organized, especially when shooting a group where you don’t know everybody by name.

    Thanks again for the great blog and best of luck with your new career.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 20:31h, 29 January Reply

    Thanks Ralph,

    Actually the form was all in Japanese, so I couldn’t really post it without translating it first.

    It wasn’t anything special. Just boxes for name, address, telephone number, then a sentence saying that the client should sign if they don’t mind me using the resulting images in my marketing materials. Eight out of the nine groups signed.

    Then there were boxes below that with the various packages with their prices, and I ensured I had my company name, address and contact details on the form too. This helps to build confidence in me and my company.

    I hope this helps some.


  • Daniel
    Posted at 17:18h, 22 February Reply

    Hi Martin! I just wanted to say thank you for a very wonderful photoshoot and podcast, full of insightful thoughts and ideas about photographing people. I hope this portrait sessions will become a nice habit for you!
    I am quite new in the field of photography and I also did some small commercial work. I intend to do some portraits in the future as I am arranging a small studio in my apartment. Can you please tell me how you dealt with the technical aspects in the group images, especially how you have managed to keep everybody in focus?
    I wish you the best,

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:01h, 26 February Reply

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the comment and kind words.

    These sessions already are a habit, though I don’t post details of every shoot.

    On the group shots, I just ensure that I’m shooting at around F8 or more, and as long as the members of the group are not too far apart, that works well for me. The main point though is to get the background so far away from the group that even if you stop down to F11 or more, you still don’t get the background in focus. This works with larger groups. When shooting single subjects I do like to open up the aperture for a shallow depth of field though, and carry ND filters for my portrait sessions for this, in case I can’t reduce the studio lighting enough for a wide aperture and stay within the maximum sync-speed.

    I hope that helps!


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