Four Weeks to Become a Better Photographer (Part 2)

In August 2007, Assistant Editor Kathleen Davis participated in a four-week course with BetterPhoto.com. Click here to see what she learned that month. For a refresher on how the classes work, click here.Posing and Portraiture Techniques taught by Ibarionex R. PerelloLesson 3: The Successful CandidIn this lesson Perello discussed the best methods for taking candid group shots at parties. He recommended shooting in Aperture Priority mode at f/5.6 with flash to get a good depth of field and exposu

In August 2007, Assistant Editor Kathleen Davis participated in a four-week course with BetterPhoto.com. Click here to see what she learned that month.  For a refresher on how the classes work, click here.

**Posing and Portraiture Techniques taught by Ibarionex R. Perello

Lesson 3: The Successful Candid**

In this lesson Perello discussed the best methods for taking candid group shots at parties. He recommended shooting in Aperture Priority mode at f/5.6 with flash to get a good depth of field and exposure.

For low light situations with flash, when the subject is exposed well, but the background turns black, he suggested switching to Manual mode and using a slow shutter speed. This allows you to capture more of the ambient light, allowing a bit of flash ghosting and a feeling of movement in the image.

Perello also offered tips on observing groups for expressions and trying different angles, such as overhead shots.

Our assignment was to attend a party or event and photograph people having fun.

Luckily, I had been asked to photograph the launch party for ProjectExplorer's Jordan Series.

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