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2 speedlight portrait/headshot C&C

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Jul 08, 2014 23:55 |  #1

Hello all.

Seeking C&C on a headshot/ portrait shoot I did a little earlier. This is some of my first portrait work and the first time using a two flash setup.

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Setup info;
camera shutter speed near max sync speed to kill fluorescent ambients

1 YN 468 Key light in shoot through umbrella camera left approximately 45 Degrees and slightly elevated. It was triggered by YN 603 radio trigger

1 Neewer 560 on light stand mounted low against white back wall to hopefully provide some gradient in slave mode triggered by key flash

white wall wall to camera right providing some reflection for fill

This is a variation of the Head shot in a corner described in strobist 101. I volunteered to take the photos of the employee of the month recipient in hopes to get some practice with speed lights and a (reasonably) willing model.

I moved the model about 6-8 feet from back wall and umbrellas flash was pretty close to model to hopefully use the inverse square law to keep the key from bleeding onto the back wall too much. The flash on the back wall was placed maybe 8-12 inches off the wall and maybe 2 foot off the ground and aimed slightly toward it to try and rake some light on the plain white wall.

This is my first portrait attempt with 2 speed lights.

Any points for learning or additional thoughts.

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Jul 11, 2014 13:37 |  #2

I'm soon moving to a similar two-speedlight setup. I think that looks great, and is exactly why I want a 2nd speedlight (for the gradient).

Nice work.

I wonder if there's an easy way to backlight her hair and still hit the wall with a gradient, and what that might look like.

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Jul 12, 2014 09:43 |  #3

The lighting looks good, but shooting from a higher angle would have been much more flattering to the subject. Overall, nice job though!

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Jul 14, 2014 22:14 |  #4

Well done.
Get the main light a little higher. Ideal is to have the shadow from nose slanting downward a bit.
Also, as said, camera a bit higher. think about having the camera so the lens is aimed at the forehead then tilt it down a bit. to get proper framing. Just enough so we don't see nostrils even if head is tilted back just a bit.

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Jul 16, 2014 04:26 |  #5

Good job. I try to shoot downward a little. That would help delineate chin line more

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Jul 17, 2014 10:30 |  #6

Great first result! ^^^ what they said.

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Jul 17, 2014 10:54 |  #7


Strobist Info: Yongnuo 560II @ 1/64th power with blue gel and 23cm softbox attached, pointing to window. Acting as slave flash.
Nissin Di622 MII, @ 1/64th power with 23cm softbox to light face, right side of the camera. Triggered by Yongnuo 603C II

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