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A week from tomorrow, I'm taking photos for our parents of multiples group (twins, triplets, etc...) while the kids visit our Santa. I'm aware that I need to watch out for glare with his glasses but are there any editing problems I can avoid now with good preparation? I know the color red has the tendency to give cameras a hard time. I believe they're supplying a white background. Any advice is appreciated. My setup is a simple canon flash on a single light stand bouncing into a 43" silver umbrella in case that assists with the advice. 

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Make sure your lighting is good.  I assume the red outfit will be out of  gamut, but I don't think you can avoid it. is one light going to be enough? 

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If Santa can wear fake glasses minus the glass it certainly helps with the glare. :)

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I have two I can use ( a second flash/transmitter and another umbrella) but I've never used it before. I guess I should practice. I'm concerned about shadows. With the one light I was just going to put it behind me (about 6 to 7 feet up) and light them with flat light on them to avoid shadow issues and avoid glasses glare if it's angled down at them. I guess I should rethink? 

I like the fake glasses idea! Thanks!

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36 minutes ago, Jen said:

I have two I can use ( a second flash/transmitter and another umbrella) but I've never used it before. I guess I should practice. I'm concerned about shadows. With the one light I was just going to put it behind me (about 6 to 7 feet up) and light them with flat light on them to avoid shadow issues and avoid glasses glare if it's angled down at them. I guess I should rethink? 

I like the fake glasses idea! Thanks!

Just Offset Them Behind You :)

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I have done a pet Santa photo session.  I used two flashes  with shoot through umbrellas.  The amount of ambient light will be a factor. Personally I think the set up you have described (with the light behind you) will work just fine.  Have fun.  I know the parents will be thrilled with the photos. 

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Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'm glad to hear I'm on the right track. The ambient light may not be good. It's in a church hall that's quite modern so no windows. I did warn our club coordinator that I may want to move to the lobby with glass windows and doors and lower ceilings. I had asked for a classroom with windows and was told that since Santa will be occupied with photos most of the time, they wanted Santa in a visible location during the party. I may just push for the lobby then. The hall has high ceilings so no help there for bouncing light. Thanks for helping me think this through. It's my first official venture for off camera lighting. I have the head-knowledge. Time to put it into practice!  With little kids this age and the typical emotion Santa can bring out, it should be quite comical! Can't wait to share some here. :-D

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I know you know this, but be sure to get a deep depth of field so nobody is blurry. They will be moving fast probably, but you can be sure that they will bunch up and the back ones can drop out of focus easily.

 

Your parents are going to LOVE the pictures!

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How smart to plan ahead and anticipate problems and get advice!  Do we get to see any of the photos? I'm sure they are great.

 

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Thanks! As soon as I get a couple edited, I'll post! Thanks for the encouragement!

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