Hi guys, this is the first time I've posted seriously in the Critique corner (ie except for ask b&w / colour)
I don't have a great deal of experience with studio lighting - used to own some a few years back, used them maybe half a dozen times and then sold them as they were taking up too much space and took too long to set up / pack up to be much fun. I've also never really shot on a black background before except a simple 1 light setup, and I've never tried it with speedlites. In fact, I've rarely used speedlites as a main light source -- I have done it, but normally I'm just adding to natural light...
Anyways, I wanted to take a shot of my wife and daughter together both naked, but nothing revealing obviously. I think this is worksafe. I've seen more skin in maternity shoots in the kids and family section, but if this isn't worksafe, I apologize and mods please move it to the glamor section.
This was my setup I went with; using a corner of my living room, I put one speedlite up on the cupboards above our bar as a hair / rim / separation light, and the other on the sideboard, pointing up at about 45 degrees to bounce off the wall and textured ceiling as the main light. No ambient (ISO 100, 1/200 shutter; pitch black without speedlites)
I used my biggest reflector's black side for the background and put my other one on a chair for a little fill (ended up moving it in a bit vs what's shown here)
Took about 10 frames before baby got grumpy was having to fire the key light at full power, so was about 15 minutes between each frame waiting for it to recycle. Ok, maybe 10 - 15 seconds, but too long for my daughter
This was the best.
What do you think? Does it work? What could I do better / different? Any tips for using speedlites in this way?
I do own light stands and a couple of brollies, but I'm trying to work with bounced flash only as it's quicker and easier to set up and safer with the little one...