Sat 29-Mar-08 06:11 PM | edited Sat 29-Mar-08 06:12 PM by chadsphoto
This was my first attempt at outside portrait work with my D300. I used an Alien Bee 800 and an SB800. Used the AB as main light (fill). I tried to match the ambient. I tried to use the SB800 for hairlight but it was working so great as an optical slave in sunlight. I used my Sekonic light meter and shot manual 1/250, f8, and ISO200 for most shots.
The pictures still need a few touch ups in Photoshop (crop, sharpening, etc). But were edited a bit in Capture NX (WB and a few control points to brighten faces to match ambient more). Any feed back would be great. I know I need to work on more poses and creativeness.
choinga...The SB800 was behind them and to the left. I was trying to use it as hair light but was having difficulties getting it to fire as an optical slave in bright sunlight. I was using the defuser that came with the SB800 but just ordered an umbrella for it. I also got some Pocket Wizards. For the most part I used the sunlight and the AB800.
jaysd200...Which expo dics do you recommend? I think there are different ones? Is this like custom white balancing?
>as for the expo disk it will help alot for out door mix light >shooting it will make the skin tones more pleasing... >daylight and strobes have diffrent temps the disk will help >bal that out....
When you apply the expodisc you can only shoot back into one light source at a time. Ideally, with this device you position yourself where your subject will be and you shoot back to where you will be standing when you actually take the shot. So, in my experience, in this scenario - I haven't seen the best results with the expodisc.
Very nice but they look a little 'cut out', almost as if you shot the kids in a studio and pasted them onto the background. But then I'm a natural light person, so I would have kept it much simpler and shot it with mostly the gorgeous natural light it looks like you had, and maybe a reflector or two if necessary.
They look good. My only suggestion is that the one side seems like it needs a bit more light, maybe from a reflector or from a low powered speedlight to even the lighting out more and lessen the shadows.
I'm a big fan of available light photography and outdoor portraits are my favorite to do.