Tips on Capturing Romantic Portraits of Couples with Tamara Lackey
Tamara Lackey is one of the world’s leading family and child photographers. She’s also author of several bestseller books on the topic of photography. In addition, Tamara is also an official Nikon Ambassador and in this new Nikon Behind the Scenes video, Tamara will show you how to shoot great romantic photos of couples.
Using creative posing and lighting, Tamara gives tips on how to capture a couples “true personality and love” in this 4 minute video. And for more tips on posing and couple interaction, check out the SLR Lounge Natural Light Couples Workshop DVD.
Here’s a short list of the gear Tamara uses:
- Nikon D800
- Nikkor 85mm f/1.4
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.4
- Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
- Basic fill card
- Battery-operated fan
- Nikon SB-700
Tamara starts with a stripbank, illuminating one side of her subjects. In this first setup, she uses the ambient light as a fill. She then adds a fillcard to fill in the shadows even more for a more pleasing result.
After she has the basic required shots, she continues by experimenting with different components. Tamara adds a battery-powered fan to add a little bit of movement to the hair. Later on, she has her subjects sitting on the ground in front of the wall with a reflector right in front of them to create some nice-looking catchlights in their eyes. She gives these tips and more in her video.
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