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    by vlt87kal » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:02 pm

    hey guys i was just wondering what would be a good setup for portrait photos using my d 5000 probly mostly outdoors, not looking at big budgets just wanna try see how i go
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    by heartyfisher » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:46 am

    I loved my nikkor 35-70 F2.8 for portraits .. but i lost that lens recently. (sob)

    If i were to replace that lense I would probably want the 24-70. but being on a tight budget I would probably go for the tamron 28-75 F2.8 or the new just announced tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC.

    The other option would be to get the 50mm F1.8 or F1.4.

    The nikkor 24-85 F2.8-F4.0 also looks promising for this task.
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    by vlt87kal » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:57 am

    can u get 50mm 1.8 prime to autofocus on d5000?
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    by SundstromImages » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:17 pm

    can u get 50mm 1.8 prime to autofocus on d5000?


    Yep as long as you get the most recent version ... AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
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    Re: portrait starters kit

    by LOZ » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:16 pm

    vlt87kal wrote:hey guys i was just wondering what would be a good setup for portrait photos using my d 5000 probly mostly outdoors, not looking at big budgets just wanna try see how i go






    Best place to start is use what ever you have :wink:
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    Re: portrait starters kit

    by Busiboy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:30 pm

    LOZ wrote:
    vlt87kal wrote:hey guys i was just wondering what would be a good setup for portrait photos using my d 5000 probly mostly outdoors, not looking at big budgets just wanna try see how i go






    Best place to start is use what ever you have :wink:


    A camera and lens ca be enough then add bunnings work lights or reflector or scrim and your shooting.

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    by vlt87kal » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:49 pm

    im thinking maybe just use a reflector as most of it will be outdoors during day. so plenty of light source, just ebay one ay?
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    by Busiboy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:24 pm

    Get a reflector with silver and white or opaque, gold is a less used option.

    eBay is fine
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    by LOZ » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:27 pm

    vlt87kal wrote:im thinking maybe just use a reflector as most of it will be outdoors during day. so plenty of light source, just ebay one ay?




    If your in Sydney I can give you gold-silver- matt silver -matt gold foil that you can stick to a hula hoop .

    Thats a cheep and effective reflector for around $3 :wink:
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    by vlt87kal » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:54 pm

    im in kalgoorlie mate haha, are there any cons when ur using a 50mmprime apart from the fixed 50mm
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    by Busiboy » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:01 am

    Many would say that a prime is a better alternative to a zoom, often faster and better optics, obviously that is dependant on what you are using and comparing with.

    On eBay you can get a large reflector / scrim for $18 from memory delivered, pay more get the biggest one you can. I've not had an issue with a reflector being too big, plenty of reasons why it can be too small though.

    I prefer the eBay reflectors, the collapsible convenience is worth the money
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    by JazzXP » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:51 am

    Yep, for an outdoor starter kit, a 50mm prime (so you can blur out the background), a largish reflector and an assistant to hold it! :D

    Indoors you can probably skip the lens if you have a plain wall (kit lens is fine. I've been using mine a bit lately), a cheap strobe or two (Yongnou YN-460II), some cheap triggers, lightstands and umbrellas. You could use these outdoors too, but this is the more expensive option.
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    by Dug » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:37 pm

    Unless I have a good assistant working with me I personally find reflectors a total pain to work with.

    Constantly adjusting them and the like just annoys me and disturbs the victim/subject

    I would use what you have have a look at a 2.8 zoom or a 1.8 prime but the trick is really to learn to use that light that is available to the best advantage.

    That takes time and practice but is worth it in the long run.
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