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Aug 17, 2012 18:57 |  #8926

JakAHearts wrote in post #14868300 (external link)
Ive tried to use the huge octa as a backdrop before but always got so much flare it completely washed the contrast. Even when I exposed the octa just below completely blown out, I still couldnt get the contrast you have here. Any tips?

Hm. It could be a lens issue? Some lenses do not handle direct light as well as others. I've only shot this way with the 70-200 2.8, and it does just fine. I turn the front light (which in my case was the large octa) off, and then dial the back light down or up until I get just the amount of wrap I'm looking for. Then I just turn on my front light, dial in the right power setting, and shoot away.

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Aug 17, 2012 19:25 |  #8927

Interesting Joe. Ive tried it with the 70-200 II. I will have to give it another whirl. If you have a Kelby subscription or can nab a free 24 hour one, the video of Frank Doorhof using the giant octa like this and getting such a variance of looks just by moving around the modifier is quite cool. Thanks for the help!


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Aug 17, 2012 21:20 |  #8928

Shane I bet Joe bumped up the contrast in pp also.


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Aug 17, 2012 21:46 |  #8929

umphotography wrote in post #14295341 (external link)
That flash is the most important tool in my bag and it should be in yours as well,,, lighting is everything

I think this is a heavy opinion. I'm always drawn to naturally lit images (like Lisa's) and other photographers who shoot with natural light (reflectors sometimes). I think natural light always looks better than flashed images, you can tell when you use flash and it just has a different look to it. Cliche, in my opinion. I know there are some shots that are impossible without strobes or artificial lighting but the majority aren't. Underexposure takes 1 sec to correct and can be avoided if you meter correctly and check your settings. A lot of the new photographers in my area that shoot with natural light and only shoot flash when forced too (weddings etc.) are doing just as well too.

I'm sure it is all opinionated but I definitely disagree on the flash being the most important tool in a bag.




  
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Aug 17, 2012 21:54 |  #8930

2nasty4u wrote in post #14872824 (external link)
I think this is a heavy opinion. I'm always drawn to naturally lit images (like Lisa's) and other photographers who shoot with natural light (reflectors sometimes). I think natural light always looks better than flashed images, you can tell when you use flash and it just has a different look to it. Cliche, in my opinion. I know there are some shots that are impossible without strobes or artificial lighting but the majority aren't. Underexposure takes 1 sec to correct and can be avoided if you meter correctly and check your settings. A lot of the new photographers in my area that shoot with natural light and only shoot flash when forced too (weddings etc.) are doing just as well too.

I'm sure it is all opinionated but I definitely disagree on the flash being the most important tool in a bag.

Most natural light folks say so as they don't know how to use flash.:D I know I am opening can of worms.


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Aug 17, 2012 23:20 |  #8931

bobbyz wrote in post #14872845 (external link)
Most natural light folks say so as they don't know how to use flash.:D I know I am opening can of worms.

And that certainly does not stop their pictures from looking far better those those with flash :lol:




  
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Aug 17, 2012 23:23 |  #8932

Does anyone use any of the Denny roll up floors? What are your thoughts? From what I can tell they are like a giant mousepad...am I right?


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Aug 17, 2012 23:26 |  #8933

2nasty4u wrote in post #14873139 (external link)
And that certainly does not stop their pictures from looking far better those those with flash :lol:

Forget others. Maybe you can post some of yours which is better. :D Heck I haven't seen a single shot from you. Sorry I am in bad mood today.


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Aug 17, 2012 23:39 |  #8934

bobbyz wrote in post #14872845 (external link)
Most natural light folks say so as they don't know how to use flash.:D I know I am opening can of worms.

I would agree with this in many cases.

2nasty4u wrote in post #14873139 (external link)
And that certainly does not stop their pictures from looking far better those those with flash :lol:

Matter of opinion....some shots just can't be done without flash.

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Forget others. Maybe you can post some of yours which is better. :D Heck I haven't seen a single shot from you. Sorry I am in bad mood today.

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Aug 17, 2012 23:55 |  #8935

bobbyz wrote in post #14873149 (external link)
Forget others. Maybe you can post some of yours which is better. :D Heck I haven't seen a single shot from you. Sorry I am in bad mood today.

Maybe you can post some of yours which ARE not IS better. :mad:

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Aug 18, 2012 00:30 |  #8936

Ive been trying to find it but I can not, what is the name of the type of couches that are cool for senior portraits? Usually one end has no arm rest, and the other does, and the back is pretty low.


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Aug 18, 2012 00:37 |  #8937

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Ive been trying to find it but I can not, what is the name of the type of couches that are cool for senior portraits? Usually one end has no arm rest, and the other does, and the back is pretty low.

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Aug 18, 2012 00:48 |  #8938

Thanks! I want to get one of these for my studio! :) Only problem is I never see them in local stores.


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Aug 18, 2012 01:10 |  #8939

Craigslist.


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Aug 18, 2012 01:17 |  #8940

my local craigslist sucks, but it is still 1000 times better than fijiji or what ever the other site is called. I think im to far south/woods for these things with out going to an online store. :)


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