Evolution of a Flashy Shot

A great portrait depends on various factors. Composition, Light, Model. When one of those 3 fails, the picture fails. In here I will show you the set-up we did on a shot last night, in fading daylight, 2 remote triggered flashes, a reflector, and a willing Model: Fran.

First test-shot about the flash placement.

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We see all light needs to be adjusted, and so does the angle (of course). So I dropped down on my knees, and made the second shot.

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better, but I want there be more of a surrounding feeling, so I change my lens from the 28mm f2.8 prime lens, to an 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Since we are using flash, we can use a closer aperture.

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The model placement is fine, now we need the back light to be more direct, and we need a front light. The model needs to look a bit looser, so we loosen her hair.

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And the jacket

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The back and keylights are fine. But we are missing a fill light. Enter a gold reflector.

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That’s more like it! Now we work with the model. Fran is a musician, so not a professional model. So we have to catch her off-guard, and make her smile.

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That’s nice!

And now we let her look off-camera, and make her work that gorgeous smile!

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finished shot, cropped for dramatic reasons to a 8×10. All in all, a very nice day. and again, a thanks the _NF_ for the material. :)

Use Photo Booth and an iPhone to view negatives.

An English post for once. I just got back from the lab, getting y freshly developed Nikon F4 Negatives in Black and White. Or at least inverted.

But I have no scanner here. Now what? Sure, I can wait, but I still want to see how they look.

Well, que Photo Booth. With the standard X-Ray filter, you get a grayscale view of the world, but just a little bit inverted.

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So all we need is a backlight that serves as a backdrop for the negatives. In this case I used my trusty iPhone with one of the gazzilion free Light apps, and voila, an instant negative / positive viewer.

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There also are extra effects (More iChat Effects) that show a colored negative, but these are not really that effect. See for yourself:

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Still, for those quick grayscale views, it’s perfect!

Of Course, if you could set the iSight to manual exposure, it would be easier, but we can’t have all, can we? :)