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Family Portrait with single flash?

 
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Nov 08, 2011 18:26 |  #16

sgogula wrote in post #13372133 (external link)
For 6 people do you think placing the umbrella 6 feet away is good enough?

Yes, I think 6 ft would be fine for small group.




  
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Nov 08, 2011 18:55 |  #17

Also, keep in mind that youre probably going to want the image lit fairly flat so the light might be closer to the camera, making it easier to keep equidistant from all the subjects.


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Nov 08, 2011 21:24 as a reply to  @ JakAHearts's post |  #18

Thank you for all your help.


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Nov 09, 2011 07:00 |  #19

c2thew wrote in post #13371642 (external link)
excellent group shot with using one speedlite. looks like you dragged the shutter a little to bring in more ambient lighting as i don't see noise from your image. f/5.6?

Thanks, and absolutely. I always try to keep the ambient only 1-2 stops dark. The umbrella helps with the softness of the transition from highlight to shadow, but keeping the ambient up in my metering helps the shadows from being too dark.


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Nov 09, 2011 07:02 |  #20

sgogula wrote in post #13372075 (external link)
Great picture!!! This gives me confidence to shoot with single umbrella.

The maximum I may have in the group would be around 8 or 9.

What zoom did you use for the flash?

Thanks. Actually not only did I not zoom the flash, I find that I get more even results by dropping down the flash's diffusion panel which I believe automatically zooms the head to the widest setting. I so this in the interest of avoiding hot spots at all.


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Nov 09, 2011 07:05 |  #21

sgogula wrote in post #13372133 (external link)
I hate to bump the ISO above 800 due to noise.

I heard a good saying once - if people notice the noise in your picture, your subject isn't interesting enough.


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Nov 09, 2011 09:05 as a reply to  @ thestorey's post |  #23

One question if I decide to keep the umbrella behind the camera.

I will be stopping the light if I hold the camera in front of umbrella.

Another option is keeping the camera on tripod and remote trigger.

Here is what I am thinking:

1) camera on tripod abt 5 ft ht.
2) umbrella behind the camera, pull the light stand to more than 5 ft.
3) aperture around 5.6 or 8
4) ISO 800 or 1600
5) shutter speed varies.
6) flash set to manual and full power.


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Nov 09, 2011 09:08 |  #24

Just throw a scrim over them to get a nice even shadow and shoot it natural light if you don't have the lighting you need for a strobe look.

Take a note from Vitalic Photo's work which is all done natural light.
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Nov 09, 2011 09:10 |  #25

thestorey wrote in post #13375341 (external link)
Just throw a scrim over them to get a nice even shadow and shoot it natural light if you don't have the lighting you need for a strobe look.

Take a note from Vitalic Photo's work which is all done natural light.
http://vitalicblog.com …ategory/family-maternity/ (external link)

I think he said this is an indoor shoot.


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Nov 09, 2011 09:16 as a reply to  @ mckinleypics's post |  #26

Yes this is indoor in a party hall.


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Nov 09, 2011 10:19 |  #27

You want the umbrella as high as possible. My assistant was holding it up about 7' up. This helps to keep people in the back row from falling in shadow. Also, he wasn't behind me, I would say he was about 30 degrees off axis.


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Nov 09, 2011 11:24 |  #28

With a large group, you don't really care if the lighting is flat. More important to make sure the exposure is decent on everyone and then focus on getting everyone looking at the camera. I shot this with a strobe in a deep octa with no front diffuser, behind and above me.


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Nov 09, 2011 11:46 |  #29

spb wrote in post #13371333 (external link)
not sure if i understand this part 0=)

Makes perfect sense to me :D




  
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Nov 09, 2011 14:18 |  #30

Gometang wrote in post #13376101 (external link)
Makes perfect sense to me :D

yeah, noob alert! :cool:


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