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Discussion in 'Photography' started by Patrick Sun, Jan 17, 2013.
PS_67029 by Pat, on Flickr
Been a while since I tossed something in this rambling thread of mine...
Here's a moody portrait...
SP_57406 by Pat, on Flickr
Tech question, Patrick. What (flash/umbrella, etc.) are you using for daylight fill?
I like that portrait. Love the soft light playing off her like that.
I've been thinking about getting some kind of light kit for in-home portraits.
I'd probably go LED. But, you can get into it really cheap with color corrected CFLs.
IIRC, that was lit with just a softbox, probably 24"36" in size, positioned really close to the right side of her face, strobe was a PCB Einstein. F/18, 1/125 second, ISO 200. Standard portrait parameters. Shooting at F/18 killed most of the ambient light in the room (some ambient window light was in the room at the time).
Patrick, what I was more interested in is the daylight fill stuff, like the previous shot from 12/2016. It looks like you're doing some fill flash. Or is that just on-camera flash?
That was from my old mobile light stand setup for conventions (situated camera-right, probably 45 degrees from the perpendicular from my shooting position). 2 manual speedlites with Rogue Flashbenders on each speedlite mounted on a dual hotshoe bracket attached to a light stand that was bungeed to a hand cart (light stand was inside a small box weighted down with sandbags).
Nowadays, I shoot with more powerful mobile strobes (Godox AD200 and AD600, each has their batteries attached to the unit) that allow me to shoot HSS and kill the sun in most mid-day situations when needed, plus the triggers allow for remote flash power control, as I shoot in manual power flash mode, don't use TTL).
I'm guessing with the speedlights you could just tame the shadows a bit, at most. I have a collection of powerful strobes from my Pro days, from 750 w/s Bowens monolights up to a Speedotron 4803 (4800w/s) power pack and fan cooled heads. Not particularly mobile, and only one Bowens can be battery powered. I did get a couple Yongnuo speedlights, which are the same power as a large speedlight, like my SB-910, but I wonder how useful they really are in daylight. They're pretty slick. Totally manual, but completely remote controlled from the trigger, which mounts on the hot shoe. I want to do something with them, but I also need subjects.
Get some dogs!
Yeah. I was (wishfully) thinking more along the lines of Pat's type of subjects. I'd love to do some environmental portraits for fun.
If you can't get dogs...try to wrangle some supermodels.
Every now and then I get to shoot some luxurious content...
SP_57237-2 by Pat, on Flickr
SP_46589 by Pat, on Flickr
Missing summer already...
PS_70618 by Pat, on Flickr
PS_70566-4 by Pat, on Flickr
PS_70831 by Pat, on Flickr
PS_70466 by Pat, on Flickr
PS_70604 by Pat, on Flickr
PS_63963-2 by Pat, on Flickr