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Advice please

Good morning (or afternoon!)

I have a couple of questions that I need advice on, please!

1. I have 2 windows in my living room that are about 3 feet apart. They go from the floor to about 4 feet from the ceiling. If my subject (aka my kids lol) are to be in front of the light source, where do I hang the backdrop? Or should I not use a back drop? If not, then you will see the windows in the pic which I do not want, so what do I do?

2. What is the best lens to use for portrait type pictures? I currently only have the 18-55mm which came with the camera. I have a Nikon3000 and am getting a new lens this weekend, just don't know really what would be best.

3. We are going to the mountains in May. We just about would live there if we could and this is another main reason for purchasing the camera. So, what type of lens would I need for this? We'd like family photos as well as wildlife, scenery, historical buildings, etc.

My main intention for this camera is not to do business now, maybe in the future of course, but I have 5 kids and am a SAHM until I decide to nurse again (I am a RN). I want to get good, frame worthy pics of my kids so I can hang on the wall...I just don't have the money to run to a professional and I don't like pictures done at Walmart, sears, etc. (no offense, just not my style). Thanks so much and so sorry I ask so many questions lol I've really been going through all your info and countless website searches and books Smile I just find the longer I research and more I read, I finally know what questions I want to ask, kind of LOL

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check out this link for information about natural lighting and setting up a studio. the idea is to be at a slight angle from the light source. hopefully this will help "shed some light" (pun intended hehe) on your setup

http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=95222&st=0

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Hi, that link didn't work for me, but with regard to your windows, when you say "you will see the windows" it sounds like you are describing putting your kids with their backs to the windows, which would not be good for lighting them. You should have them facing the windows, at a slight angle.

You would need a freestanding hanger for your backdrop (like a pvc pipe setup for instance) to set up the backdrop facing the windows.

But then the question would be, where do you stand with your camera? lol. Probably position the whole setup (backdrop and subjects) at a just-enough angle that so you could point your camera at them facing you but still getting enough light on them.

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in order for that link to work, you'll need to be a member of ILP... Smile And that link shows you where to stand with your camera in relation to the subject and the window.

ILP is another great photography resource! Many pg.org users are also members there as well.

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Oh ok thanks, I just signed up so I could see the link to the setup.

Edit: is there a drawing missing from the OP's first post? I think she's referencing a picture of her room with labels but I don't see it. I'm assuming the window is at "9:00", right?

Edit #2: apparently yes it is missing heheh...I just got to the last page of the thread.