Thanks mr Tony I appreciate I just read this post I am not I am not offended at all. I have my 17-55mm f8 and 2 umbrella on its side level with my sons height I also have the rf602 attached to my 430 and 1 with my 7d, I really want to learn this type of photography so anything that can help me like tips, ideas I appreciate it. Oh and also in manual mode on both 430 and 560 so I can control my flash output, I don't know how to use photoshop, I focused on the eye maybe I messed things up when I did some pp in lr4.
hi peter, how's the gang here? been very busy lately. i'm currently reviewing for an examination later for me to become a Cetified BERDE Professional. much like a LEED AP in the States.
i can't help but butt in, in your conversation with Mr. Tony. first, you got some good stuff to start from. only comment is, try to learn ONE STROBE / FLASH photography first. I mean, if you're using the 560 and 430, I advise you to use the 560 first. you can position it in the left or right, whichever suits you best. then at the opposite side use some reflectors.
as for the shutter speed and aperture values, try playing at 1/125 to 1/200 and f8 to f11 depending on the lens you're using. and speaking of lens, if you're using the 17-55, use the longest focal length. if you have the 50mm f1.8, then it's better. again, whichever suits you best. only reason why i'm saying this is to avoid distortion when using the wide angle part of the lens.
anyway, you have a good model with you to practice with. keep on practicing and that's where you learn from.
another thing is, you should also try to learn shooting candids like birthdays and children's party and stuff like that. the challenge with these kinds of events is that you're shooting spontaneous, meaning you should be fast and know the settings to use with your camera and flash to get good captures. unlike studio type shots where all equipment are at your mercy.