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Old 05-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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My wife is a trooper letting me practice the one light set up with her as my subject. Set it up and had her take one of me too. Tell me what you think guys. I'm playing different lighting scenarios to see what works best with my flash heads and umbrellas.

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Old 05-10-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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Those are really nice Bill.......I hate to be the one to tell you this........but she's alot prettier than you.
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:38 PM   #3
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Nice work Mr. Bill!
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:44 PM   #4
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They are all great!

In MY UNTRAINED UNPROFESSIONAL OPINION I think the second one of your wife looks a bit washed out from the flashes. I really like the skin tone colors on the first one of her but almost to much shadow on the right side (her left) Same thing on your forth picture, just a tad bit to much shadow on that side of the face. Also I love the gray back drop with her but sorry old man your distinguishing gray hair gets lost in that background, maybe a brown or dark blue maybe? And I can't see the third picture.
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:48 PM   #5
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Bill, you definately are on to something!

I'm impressed.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:48 AM   #6
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Those are really nice Bill.......I hate to be the one to tell you this........but she's alot prettier than you.
Well that goes without saying!

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Nice work Mr. Bill!
Thanks Mr. Bill!

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They are all great!

In MY UNTRAINED UNPROFESSIONAL OPINION I think the second one of your wife looks a bit washed out from the flashes. I really like the skin tone colors on the first one of her but almost to much shadow on the right side (her left) Same thing on your forth picture, just a tad bit to much shadow on that side of the face. Also I love the gray back drop with her but sorry old man your distinguishing gray hair gets lost in that background, maybe a brown or dark blue maybe? And I can't see the third picture.
The difference in f5.6 and f8. f8's the winner!

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Old 05-11-2009, 08:50 AM   #7
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Can't look at your lovely wife without seeing the swinging dude and the babe with the hot rollers... love that.

Only thing constructive I have is I think a solid background would be better. Otherwise, I need to follow your lead.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:07 AM   #8
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Wow, that's amazing! And money well spent. Over the years, you and your family will save a small fortune vs paying someone else to do the same thing. Very impressive work!
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:11 AM   #9
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Can't look at your lovely wife without seeing the swinging dude and the babe with the hot rollers... love that.

Only thing constructive I have is I think a solid background would be better. Otherwise, I need to follow your lead.
Thanks Steven.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #10
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I like the patterned background. Gives depth. I would watch shadows. A bottom/top slave......
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #11
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Danny you are looking at my Bigma (gone to California) at work. I think I traded up. Thanks.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:15 PM   #12
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What kind of lighting equipment is that? Got any pics? (of the setup and equipment.) I am clueless of how this is done. Is the light on all the time or is it syncronized with your flash?
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:40 PM   #13
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David the lights are Vivitar 285HV flash heads. They have been re-introduced and there is no reference to digital in the manual. Light stands, umbrellas. etc.

I'll get a picture or two for you.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:56 PM   #14
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My opinion.

1st shot, too much shoulder, its closer to camera so it's larger in the photo than in real life, would be fine but not with sleeveless top. Different top and it would have been perfect. Or zoom in.

2nd shot, nearly perfect, just a little too much contrast on the face (washed out a little).

Last shot, just don't show any teeth! I hate it when someone takes my pic and my mouth is open, I think it makes me look older than I am (or perhaps as old as I am), like I can't breath through my nose any more cause I'm so old. I tell my wife to remind me any time I'm driving and my mouth is hanging open.

Great job, nice subjects, I like the backdrop colors, framing, etc. All better than I could have done.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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Thanks for your comments DH.

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What kind of lighting equipment is that? Got any pics? (of the setup and equipment.) I am clueless of how this is done. Is the light on all the time or is it syncronized with your flash?
David here are some pics as promised. Gerald Sherrill put onto a book called "Minimalist Lighting" and it aimed me in the direction I wanted to go.

As mentioned above, I bought two Vivitar 285 HV flash heads and there is nothing digitial about these. I already had a Oly FL-50 which hasn't been thrown into the mix yet. I bought a set of triggers (one transmitter, 3 receivers) off of ebay. The little box below the flash in the photos are the receivers. The transmitter goes in the hot shoe of the camera. I have 5 different light stands, one being a short background stand. Backdrop support stands. Four backdrops at this point. Tow 32" umbrellas that came as a kit with two of the light stands and two 45" umbrellas. The umbrellas I got are all white with removable black back so they can be used to reflect or shoot through. Various other accessories also.

I have been practicing getting consistent shots using one light so far. Once I get that I'll practice something else. Probably incorporating a "hair light". The great thing about these heads is you can take them anywhere. If you have any other questions, let me know.

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:27 PM   #16
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Bill, I honestly don't know NUTTIN bout photography..so from an amateur I think they are really nice shots
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:31 PM   #17
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Thanks Sunshine, I appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:13 PM   #18
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X2 i think they look great!
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:47 AM   #19
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Thanks, Bill. I have a Canon Speedlite 580EX that has master and slave settings. I've only used it as a regular flash so far. I need to read up on it and see if that will give me a head start on the lighting situation.

We just had the skylights replaced in our warehouse and the natural daylight that comes through them, although coming from above, is very well difused. I have an archery backstop in there that would double for hanging a backdrop from with only a couple clamps.

I have a lot of learning to do! Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #20
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Excellent Bill! Dialing in that off camera lighting nicely!
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:56 PM   #21
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Thanks Eric, Rob.

David you're welcome and you already have the makings. I'm not so sure if I need the second Vivitar but if I need the extra light outside it will be used. Actually I have yet to use my Oly unit for this. Cowboy Studio I believe it is, have a thread about them here could get you a nice umbrella and light stand if you desire. N. Dallas location I understand. Play with one and get it down and move on to more if you want.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:18 PM   #22
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Wonderful work, Bill. Those are GREAT shots!
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