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Portfolio Photography query

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by nigpay1, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. nigpay1

    nigpay1 New Member

    I need to update my online and printed portfolio and want to take some photos of the work in a similar style to the link below:

    Mike Giesser - Graphic Design & Art Direction :: Print

    What's the easiest/cheapest way to do this without buying lighting equipment etc.

    I do have an SLR, so that's a start!

  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Try and make use of natural light as much as you can.

    Set up near a window and experiment using a piece of card or a white sheet to reflect light back into the scene. Using a tripod and slow shutter speed can help you get a brighter image but can lead to overexposure. Try and avoid bright sunshine though as this can lead to harsh shadows or specular highlights.

    I'd also buy a big piece of card or something similar to lay the designs on that gives you enough surface area that you aren't limited to how you compose the shots. Curving this up behind the scene can give you the appearance of a consistant background.

    Alternatively, hire a pro photographer to do it :)
  3. Jayemm

    Jayemm New Member

    As above, just remember if you are shooting against a dark background, to set your exposure compensation to -1 or -2, so the images don't look washed out.

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