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Engagement shoot..First in a year

 
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Mar 28, 2013 20:37 |  #1

First Engagement shoot I've had in a year.
Also first time using my AB1600 strobe outside on location. Used a Beauty dish and the Vagabond mini powerpack

You will see he had a problem squinting no matter what we tried

There was also more snow then planned when we scheduled the shoot but we made the best of it.
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Mar 28, 2013 23:16 |  #2

Good shots.... Might be that his squinting was a result of a studio strobe firing every frame? I tend to shoot near dawn/dusk... and only with small amounts of additional light if needed. Never a beauty dish though... I can't imagine how cumbersome that has to be during an engagement session.


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Mar 29, 2013 07:04 |  #3

I wanted to shoot it near dusk but the timing wasn't going to work for the couple. These were taken around 9:30 am. The strobe really wasn't to bad to deal with. He helped carry it but we didn't go very far with it. I saw the sky and liked it but knew speed lights didn't have the power to expose for the sky. I eventually switched to an off camera speed light.the battery pack is small and light and can be attached to some stands which made that part easy. Most of the images with the sky are near right out of the camera

The sun was bright and reflecting off the snow which was the real problem. He said he had a problem itch squinting. He always has sun glasses on.


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Mar 30, 2013 06:57 |  #4

I'd say the last one is my favorite. I think they're clean shots (although, obviously the squinting is unfortunate). In the case of someone who squints a lot I'd probably pull the '1..2..3.. OPEN' trick for any shots looking forward. They just feel very stiff and posey to me, which is not my style but they're not bad from a technical approach.


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Mar 30, 2013 07:43 |  #5

Very well done Craig. Nice lighting. Did you use an ND filter on any of these? Composition is good too. I do find the lamp post distracting in #6 - perhaps try removing it and see how it looks?




  
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Mar 30, 2013 12:00 |  #6

We tried the 1..2..3.. OPEN trick.. didn't really help unfortunately .. I was starting to think he does that when smiling.. even in the indoor shots he had a squint but not as bad. I agree they are a little posey looking.. I need more practice at this type of shooting some times and figure out more natural poses.. I'm defiantly not an expert on posing.. I wish I was...

Frugivore.. Actually I did not use any ND filters.. I thought about it but left them in the truck.. I shot most of these around F9-F11. If I would have had an ND I could have lowered the DOF to reduce the background more which would have been nice..


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Mar 30, 2013 19:45 |  #7

I think posing is one of those things that takes practice. I don't think it's BAD posing, just very classic and a little Sears-y ;) But like I said.. the whole working with people and posing them is actually the hardest part so I'm sure with continued practice you'll get there.


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Mar 31, 2013 19:21 |  #8

Try putting the light(s) a bit to the side and use an umbrella. Beauty dish gives very hard light and a lot of it. I cringe when I accidentally flash myself with Canon ex 580 at 1/4th power. You are putting out 3-8 times that with AB lights.


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Apr 01, 2013 10:50 |  #9

Nice setting for a couple shoot. Just an observation, all shots except #4 are significantly tilted left. No sure if intentional, but horizons with water shots very obvious.

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Apr 05, 2013 02:43 |  #10

auroraskye wrote in post #15773691 (external link)
I think posing is one of those things that takes practice. I don't think it's BAD posing, just very classic and a little Sears-y ;) But like I said.. the whole working with people and posing them is actually the hardest part so I'm sure with continued practice you'll get there.

I agree. Technically I guess they're ok but there's no feeling behind them. It's all very sterile.


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