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Jun 15, 2014 20:02 |  #1

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)

IMAGE: https://photosoffrankie.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/img_1767.jpg


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 :p

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...

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Jun 15, 2014 20:09 |  #2

Well, the dog's on the couch. Other than that it's perfect.

BTW, lucky man to have supportive ladies in your life.




  
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Jun 15, 2014 20:15 |  #3

awesome! thank you for the pic of the setup, a beautiful photo I'm sure you'll cherish for a long time


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Jun 15, 2014 20:25 |  #4

Just wondering how many photographer's wives have sat on the couch, in a robe, reading a book, waiting while their husbands adjust reflectors, flashes and lights like some sort of mad scientist.




  
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Jun 15, 2014 20:34 |  #5

WhidbeyHiker wrote in post #16973781 (external link)
Just wondering how many photographer's wives have sat on the couch, in a robe, reading a book, waiting while their husbands adjust reflectors, flashes and lights like some sort of mad scientist.

Haha, lots probably. perhaps even most. We should come with a warning label :lol: She wasn't actually waiting for me though (this time anyway) -- I set up while my daughter was having her lunchtime nap. She was cross because she was worried I'd wake her up (I didn't -- if I had the shoot would have been out the window)



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Jun 15, 2014 20:37 |  #6

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Haha, lots probably. She wasn't actually waiting for me though (this time anyway) -- I set up while my daughter was having her lunchtime nap. She was cross because she was worried I'd wake her up (I didn't -- if I had the shoot would have been out the window)

It's funny, all the stories behind all the pictures.




  
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Jun 15, 2014 20:42 |  #7

Ah well, for the full story, you'd need the shot of my wife trying to finish her lunch while i set up and check lighting using a dinosaur on a chair :lol:

I'm sure the pro's do it this way too :lol:

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Jun 15, 2014 20:46 |  #8

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.




  
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Jun 15, 2014 22:58 |  #9

Nice BTS illustration, and wonderful results!


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Jun 16, 2014 00:15 |  #10

it's a beautiful final picture. Great work. The bounced flash really gives it a nice big soft light.



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Jun 16, 2014 05:43 |  #11

Beautyful!


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Jun 16, 2014 07:07 |  #12

Cool


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Jun 16, 2014 07:52 |  #13

I love the BTS shots :) and i'm not sure, though I think it's a bottle of olive oil, something tells me guessing it to be a slender bottle of whiskey wouldn't be too far off either

Great shot though,




  
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Jun 16, 2014 07:59 as a reply to  @ chevyzen's post |  #14

Haha, yes, she was eating some bread dipped in olive oil, not having wiskey for lunch :)



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Jun 16, 2014 18:59 |  #15

considering what you make her deal with, nobody could blame her if she did :)




  
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