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Old 11-28-2013, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got some speedlights - thoughts/comments?

Just got some speedlights a few days back. Looking to up my skills in portraiture and I figured this would be a good way to learn flash. Had them around a day, only tried a few things with them and have maybe an hour of time with the lights. Tried an outdoor photo, and some high and low key stuff inside. Thoughts?

My first shots with the lights - literally just out of the box with batteries in them.



These were yesterday as well. Google'd around for an hour or so to get a feel for some techniques. The background was a piece of unpainted sheetrock I had. Used a light in the back for the high key one with a key light in the umbrella, and only the umbrella for the other two.





Took this one today around 5PM. Trying to "overpower the sun". Got the background pretty dark(it was a shrub in my yard) and used a light with an umbrella.


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Old 11-29-2013, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know nothing about photography so keep this in mind but I think you did a great job. Looks like pro quality pictures to me.
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I love the outdoor shot. The one above it though I really don't like the light behind his ear. I'd dial the backlight way down and shoot that again.

The image with his hand on his chin is a great one but i would ha e added a little fill at camera right. Just enough to add contrast between subject and background.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm using Cowboy Studio triggers. I've been playing around with them more, I'll upload more stuff soon.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Have you seen the Strobist blog? Amazing wealth of flash photography information.

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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also check out the smoking strobes
he has some creative uses for one speedlight

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Old 12-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Awesome resources! I have spent some time on the Strobist blog, I'll check out the other soon!

Went back out and did a portrait shoot just for fun with some good friends of mine.

This was the first shot I took. Just a basic portrait. I like it. I didn't want to be "over the top" with this one and I am pleased.


I added a boyfriend and a backlight.


Lastly, another portrait before we completely lost all of our sun.


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Old 12-03-2013, 09:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I dig the second one....Where was the flash set up on that one?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I was dragging the shutter a lot at 1/60 with the ISO getting up there at 640. I had the aperture at f7.1 because I did have the lights pretty cranked up.

I think the key was somewhere around 1/4 power and the kicker was around 1/32 I think.
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