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#1 jka


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Posted 15 December 2015 - 07:33 PM

Bought my first umbrella and light stand today. My subject was this paper mache head that one of the kids made years ago, it has a lot of patience and doesn't ask any questions.


The umbrella with a speed light was photo right, above the head, aiming down at 45 degrees and just out of the frame. For a bit of fill light there was a piece of white styrofoam on the left very close to the head  


and again just out of the frame. Camera flash was set to commander for the trigger and the speed light was set to manual, I started at 1/4 power, iso 100, shutter 1/200th, and aperture f 7.1 and went from there.



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This is going to be fun.........




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Posted 15 December 2015 - 08:15 PM

Good start can't wait to see more and have fun! :D



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 10:57 PM

Nicely done

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 01:17 PM

Lighting tools were used well.

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:41 PM

Those paper mache heads make the best models, don't they!! :lol:  Alas, I know all too well how it is to get anyone to co-operate.


Very nicely done, congrats on the purchase!


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 04:45 PM

Thanks fellas........

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 01:49 PM

Nice series, Joe.  I particularly like the first one.


I'd be interested in hearing more about your experience with both the umbrella and off-camera flash.  I recently bought 2 pairs of used Cactus wireless flash triggers, and plan to experiment with some still life stuff when renos are closer to completion.  My reading suggested that the only knock against Commander Mode is that it doesn't have as much range as wireless triggers, so I would be interested in your experiences with this.  I would have stayed with Commander, but a fellow camera club member was downsizing gear, and this was half regular purchase price, in great shape.


I would also be interested in hearing more about your experience with the umbrella for still life.  I have the stand and the flash triggers.  The umbrella is the only missing item, but I was under the impression it was more useful for portraits than still life.  Your images suggest I might be dead wrong.  :)


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:09 PM

I'm definitely no expert but this is what I can tell you......


The umbrella I have is a 42 in. white shoot through with a black cover you can put on or remove.The light it produces compared to the off camera flash is more even, seems to "fall" on the subject, and gives you softer shadows, where as  off camera flash pointed directly at the subject is much harder and directional. Umbrella light is similar to window light. I don't think either is right or wrong just depends on what effect your looking for. Bounce the off camera flash and to me the light looks similar to the umbrella.


Umbrella gives you nicer catch lights in a persons eyes compared to flash.


The only trigger I've used is the commander, if you're outside in bright light it can be a problem......I would think the wireless triggers would be best in any situation.


I really like the umbrella and it's making me think more about light control than I ever have, should've bought one sooner. Next will be a fairly big soft box. 


I'd say go for it, really don't think you can go wrong..........



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