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Old 2nd of March 2009 (Mon)   #31
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wow tony! thanks for starting this thread and sharing your info. i have been shooting w/o a flash for quite a long time, (trying out the old school method of using only natural light), but it's pretty apparent that with a flash the pics come out much better.

i am actually planning on trying these sorta shots (OCF), and 'overpowering the sun'. the idea was to get a speedlite mounted on a monopod, using the ST-e2 (no PWs yet ) and getting an assistant to hold it up, moving around while i take the shots.

just wondering if you have ever encountered a midday shoot with the bare sun directly above the subjects, where do u usually place or face the flash? sorta like a standard studio shot (ie just off camera right and slightly higher than the subject?)
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Tony,

Thanks again for sharing. The sponge technique has been masterfully applied to all pictures! They are spot on.
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Old 2nd of March 2009 (Mon)   #33
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Ok.. this is another off camera flash technique, but from behind.....the rim lighting is easy and creates a wonderful effect.











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phamster, very nice. I think these show a great use of lighting. When shooting a reception like this.... what is your normal setup?
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i have the cost effective RF triggers.. the $80 dollar trigger and receiver.. just shows to you that equipment doesn't have to be expensive. www.alzodigital.com

wedding receptions are always dark.. so it is perfect for this application of back lighting.. or even back side lighting, like the first wedding shot above.

usually i have 2 soft boxes in the corners of the room to light up the room. on the camera, i have a 580 ex II bounced or 45 degree, depending on the height of the ceiling. the above was bounced..

when i first started out, i shot in program mode.. so it was almost auto.. but i got slower shutter speeds, so now i shoot in manual, most of the time, like the father daughter, and the military wedding shot, i put it to F4.0 and shutter speeds of 1/100, and the soft boxes on full, or naked flash on full power with a little kid holding the back flash..

i do weddings on my own, solo no assistants.. but children always want to help out and it is fun for them.. plus they are part of the family so it is never intrusive.. guests are always wondering what i am doing when i send out a flash unit in hand of the helping child, and they go and hide between the bride and the groom, but after the guests sees the photos.. they want my business card..

btw, the kissing shot was done with a 40D.. it takes good photos..too..
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Some really inspiring stuff here guys! Thanks for sharing, and the info behind your techniques is always appreciated.
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funkybuddha....
I really like your 2nd and 4th shots.... care to share your setup for these?
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funkybuddha....
I really like your 2nd and 4th shots.... care to share your setup for these?

2nd shot = I used a umbrella'd 430EX above and 45 degrees to camera left aimed down at her. Then I had a friend hold a silver reflector on her right, just near and below her face. Then a bare flash behind her about 6 feet for rim light. The flashes were all in manual mode and I used the canon IR trigger. I used my lens at 300mm standing about 7 feet away. This was taken at my condo as well. That whole shoot was her standing in between the door frame to my bedroom haha. I've turned my condo into a temporary studio space. I don't have much furniture.

4th shot = This was taken on the balcony of my condo. One umbrella'd flash in front of model (low power) on a stand that was set to about waist high to light the legs. Then I had my friend hold the other flash with an umbrella to the left of the model. It was hanging over the balcony railing since there was no room for the stand. So he was holding it like a boom.
Then there was a lamp, through the window, which "accidentally" provided that yellowish warm glow of the picture.


PS: the reflector was made using tin foil and a panel from my desktop computer haha. It's small and light. I have a 43" reflector but I think that was overkill for these shots.
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I still haven't mastered the off camera flash /:
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A few from sister/brother session:

f5.0 1/1600 iso 100


f5.0 1/640 iso 100


f5.0 1/500 iso 1600
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@ phamster, great job!
@ funkybudda, nice lighting set up.

I'm new to this and just trying to master the basics.


and hoping to learn more from you guys.
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@ tony, did you use any flash diffusers in your last post?
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@ tony, did you use any flash diffusers in your last post?
Nope, the last set, sister/brother, were shot with bare flash.
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