I am excited. I have my SB 600, 700, and 900 ready, and my SU 800 came this week. I have my copy of Mike Hagan's book The Nikon Creative Lighting System in hand. I have my mini studio with softbox, umbrellas and lightstands ready to go. I also have some good videos to watch from AdoramaTV. I have a couple victims (grandchildren) to torment. Muhahaha! So, I am going to learn a thing or two by the time I am done.
Sun 02-Dec-12 11:04 PM | edited Sun 02-Dec-12 11:19 PM by gbowen
Here's a rather impromptu portrait of Brooke, my precocious granddaughter. She loves posing for her grampy.
I used my SU-800 to control my SB 900 in a softbox to camera left, an SB 700 shooting into an umbrella to camera right, and a snooted SB 600 behind and above Brooke to camera left. I also used a silver reflector to fill in the shadow areas under her chin and nose. D7000 was set to manual, all flashes were set to TTL. ISO 200, f7.1 at 1/125th. I was using my 85mm f1.8 AF-D. I am so rusty I forgot to check my aperture and shutter speed. Sometimes you just get lucky!
I think I was a bit off with the direction of the snoot as too much light spilled onto her nose area, casting a bit of shadow on her right eye. Ah well, this was a training session. I had fun doing it and I am getting more comfortable setting up and shooting with my small studio.
I did a bit of PP with PS 5 and Portrait Pro Studio. I am not adept at PP, but I gave it a shot.
I am sure from your previous posts, this is not your first use of flash but your first attempt with this setup. I like what you have done here. My only suggestion would be to change the lighting ever so slightly to eliminate the shadow under your granddaughter's right eye. This could be corrected in PP but you have indicated that this lighting thing is a challenge and I think you would feel more accomplishment to correct it in camera.
It was actually my first attempt with a snoot. I either need to narrow the opening a bit, or change the angle by moving my subject out away from the wall more. The light needed to come from above and behind and just hit her hair. Ok, lesson learned.
A snoot is anything that acts like a tunnel for the flash to travel through. The most common ones for speedlights are just flat pieces of stiff fabric that you wrap around your flash and attach with velcro. Then the flash is more like a flashlight beam.
I actually used a flexible dewshield from my little Celestron telescope. I had to wrap it around a couple times and secured it with some velcro. You can also make one from black heavy duty construction paper and tape. It's a simple device you can make for cheap.
I do have a question about the length of the snoot. I assume the longer the snoot, the narrower the beam? How narrow should you go? I suppose it depends on the effect you desire.
Wed 05-Dec-12 12:21 AM | edited Wed 05-Dec-12 12:40 AM by barrywesthead
Great lighting and post processing!
My approach (having constantly to make up for details overlooked at the shutter click instant): When you’ve got it 95% right try the last 5% in post processing. In this case nothing more than a few clicks with the clone tool.
I don’t often mess with other folk’s images but couldn’t resist. This may be sacrilege to “pure photographers” but I find it truly joyful stepping into the post processing creative process - "being in the zone". A little intervention goes a long way.
Yeah, and I'm not sure what those were. Oh, wait, maybe the reflector I used to fill in under her chin. I was experimenting, so maybe that isn't needed. Or maybe I had it placed wrong. It was in front of her, resting on a prop and angled toward her.
Wed 05-Dec-12 09:01 AM | edited Wed 05-Dec-12 09:51 AM by gbowen
>Bee-uu-tiii-ful, George! > >Great lighting and post processing!
Thanks! It helps having a great subject to work with. Brooke is a natural. > >My approach (having constantly to make up for details >overlooked at the shutter click instant): When you’ve got it >95% right try the last 5% in post processing. In this case >nothing more than a few clicks with the clone tool.
My daughter is good with Photo Shop. I'll get her to show me how to use it. Thanks for fixing that.
>I don’t often mess with other folk’s images but couldn’t >resist. This may be sacrilege to “pure photographers” but I >find it truly joyful stepping into the post processing >creative process - "being in the zone". A little >intervention goes a long way.
Step on in! I am doing this to learn and it's great. Love what you did with this.