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1st Birthday / Cake Smash

 
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Jan 20, 2015 12:06 |  #1

I am doing a birthday/cake smash in a couple weeks for a friend, and thought I'd get some of your input.

I haven't done much studio like shots as I mostly am just outside. I have a background stand and I'm getting a white paper background to use and sit the baby and cake on. That way I have a smooth seamless background. I have 3 speedlites I can use if needed. Most likely 2, one being on camera with probably a Fong, and the other on a stand and umbrella. This should be sufficient with the white background, huh?

What lens would you use for this? I may have room to use my 70-200, and if so, that's what I'll use. If not I'll use my 24-70, but I dont like the lower end of it. Would the 50 1.8 work better? I've considered getting a 35 or 50mm prime as well.

What do you use and how do you set it up? Thanks!


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Jan 22, 2015 12:20 |  #2

I'd love to get some feedback on this if anyone can. Thanks again..


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Jan 22, 2015 15:44 |  #3

With 3 flashes you will have more then enough to light the area I'm sure. Although the flashes may distract the little guy some.
As for lens I would go with the 70-200 if you have the room. It will move you back away from the kid allowing him to not be so focused on what your doing and more on the cake or helpers that are making him laugh and all that.


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Jan 24, 2015 03:30 |  #4

I've never tried to light white seamless with speedlites but I can tell you how I do it with studio lights it that helps. White is a little tricky as it's really easy to get shadows/discoloration and it ruins that clean bright look in a hurry.
Use two lights for the subject (main and fill) with speedlites it's probably easier to adjust distance than power, soften them up as much as possible with either softboxes or umbrellas. You want the light to be bright, even, and soft so it looks clean. Start at about 45 degrees to the subject and adjust to minimize shadows on the face (nose shadow is the best to look for).

For the third light you want it on the backdrop, I usually bounce it off the ceiling to the area right behind the subject. Keep in mind if you diffuse/bounce it enough the location doesn't matter as long as it isn't hitting the subject. (I usually put it off to the left but the right or overhead, i'm sure, is equally effective.

Hope this is helpful and look forward to seeing the result. :)




  
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Jan 24, 2015 17:46 |  #5

i just try this a few days ago.



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Jan 26, 2015 08:32 |  #6

Thanks everyone for that information. I really do appreciate it and its something to think about in setting it up. May have to do a trial run with a subject this week to test it out.


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Jan 30, 2015 08:43 as a reply to  @ Sparrow19's post |  #7

I had great fun shooting my niece last October and all I used was a speedlight attached to the camera...

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Feb 06, 2015 10:11 |  #8

I posted a couple shots but thought I'd share here as well for those who had helped. Thanks again..!

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