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Old 1st of October 2006 (Sun)   #1
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Default Show me your best 1-2 umbrella portraits!

Hey!
Show me your best umbrella portraits! I'd love to get a softbox but I can't afford one at the moment. So I am planning to stick with two umbrellas for now. Show me your best portraits with umbrellas! Links to studio lighting would be good too! Thanks!
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Old 1st of October 2006 (Sun)   #2
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Check the picks on my website. Most all of them were done with 2 umbrellas and some cheap vivitar 283 flash guns.
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Pretty standard two umbrella setup here.
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Headcase650, redbutt, nice portraits! Do you use the same flash power and relative umbrella distance for both? Or do you play with different power levels?

KevC: Strobist.blogspot.com is my inspiration.. one umbrella, one 430EX, one ST-E2.. have you been reading his stuff too?
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I am not much into people photography, mostly just macro bugs and plants, but I did take these recently with 2 modest umbrella's (Photogenic Eclipse PLUS), on used flimsy stands, with 430EX and 580EX hot shoe flash, fired by an ST-E2. Seemed easier with the flash on Manual. The closer the umbrella's the better, beyond 2 meters, the light started getting specular.
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Headcase650, redbutt, nice portraits! Do you use the same flash power and relative umbrella distance for both? Or do you play with different power levels?
For the sample I posted above, I used a 2:1 ratio in flash power. The lights themselves were placed at the same distance from the model at 45 degree angles...like I said...really basic setup. If you want to see something with 1 light...see attached. This was a single strobe through a large translucent pannel, and a black pannel on the right side of the frame to control the ambient fill bounce. I really like this setup much better than softboxes. I've been using this for over a year now, and haven't touched my softboxes since then.
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Old 2nd of October 2006 (Mon)   #7
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Very nice work.. thanks for sharing Great idea on the black board. I can't tell you used only one light.

It's not how complicated it is, it's the results you get out of it. I'd probably rig an umbrella for shoot-through operation and use a reflector or black board as you did.

Also, a tip for 430EX users, pulling down the 14mm wide panel when working with umbrellas dramatically alters the light, it's much softer as it's now using the majority of the umbrella, at the cost of power. Then again most light modifiers cost power anyway.
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Master lighting guide for portraite photographers" is one of the best books for portraite lighting. It gives very easy to understand examples of different ratios, light distances, positions and sizes in side by side compairisones. I use vivitar flash guns instead of the big monolights used in the book but get very simmilar results by using simmilar modifiers, I just need to turn up the ISO to 400 due to the lack of output from the small flash guns. I like it because my whole lighting setup fits into a micro-trekker 200 bag with the stands in a small duffle bag.
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One 60" umbrella. Background changed in post.
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One 60" umbrella. Background changed in post.
Really nice.
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Here is one that is a couple of years old shot on location at an event. Two umbrellas on my old Elinchrom RX600s.

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One shoot through and one bounced umbrella using continuos lighting.
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Here is mine

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One 60" umbrella. Background changed in post.
Very nice!


This one was with a single AB800 and umbrella.

This one with two Calumet Travelites.
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Here are a couple from me, not my best work ever, but definitely good enuf to sell.

one with a single light and one with 2 lights. you should be able to see the differences (AB800's)
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