I've been meaning to finish this project but thought I'd run it by critique first before I set everything up again. It's kind of an ordeal because my studio set up blocks off vital areas of my small house and I've got my kids running around almost knocking things over, so I have to be efficient.
I was a bit too rough with one of my umbrellas and it broke. I even fixed it temporarily, but the tines collapsed again and now it's not salvageable. I can't buy a replacement at the moment so I improvised by pointing my bare bulbs at a large reflective board, then positioned it so I could see the light was hitting my subject. I'm using continuous lights so I can see what the light is doing before I shoot. However, I realized I lost a lot of focused light by doing that, but I didn't think I'd have enough light with that set up. So to compensate, I bounced my on camera flash with a diffuser behind me at an upward angle to bring up the ambient light. Another however, this seems to have flattened out my lighting so I've lost the nice contrasty look with light and shadows.
In any case, I'll have to put my studio photography on hold after I finish this project, until I can get a replacement umbrella. Here are some of the results. I'm creating a book of my daughter's favorite things at the suggestion of her speech therapist as a tool to help with her speech.
Feedback appreciated. It's just for a personal project so I'll have it printed regardless, but I thought it'd be a good exercise for me.