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#1 james23p

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:43 AM

Couldn't sleep and I am off today so I was messing around with my Fuji XM1 and the two flashes I have. The Neewer NW320 and the Fuji EF-X20 plus the XM1's popup flash as the commander in the bounce mode.
 
Let me start off some day when I do this I will remember to dust first sorry I never seem to remember that and one of these days I am going to also buy one of those cheap small studio setup thingy's yes I said thingy's! :lol:   :P
 
Unlike Nikon's CLS which I think is TTL in the remote settings with Nikon flashes, at least that is what I found using my SB-600 I could be wrong. The Fuji system is manual you have to dial in the power of the flash so it is a bit more trial and error. But over all it is very easy especially with the EF-X20 since it has a manual dial on top you can just dial in the power setting,  and the Neewer isn't hard either it has a direct Mode button for this.
 
So I played around with different settings and in the end this is what I got. I am reasonably happy with the results this is something I want to get better at so I will practice more. But I will say this the Fuji kit lens is sharp it maybe one of the sharpest zoom lens I've used yes I said sharpest I have used not sharpest kit lens.
 
Ok here is the shooting data:
 
XM1, flash set to commander mode and at -1/3 flash compensation 
ISO 800
RAW
f8
1/30
Neewer and Fuji flash set to 1/64 power
Neewer set to full bounce
Fuji XF-X20 I had the internal diffuser set to the softer wide angle setting
My post processing was limited to mostly sharpening a bit well very little and cropping out some of the stuff on my desk.  Oh that black thing in the back is a case full of Kodachrome slides one day I will get another scanner and post some lots and lots of slides to scan.
 
I like I got the reflection not so much the dust :P
 
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A different view
 
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A closer up view
 
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Finally this is a photo of my horrible setup but I did have fun I need a bigger desk for all my stuff. :P You can see the flashes fire now looking again wish I hd done something with my desk lamp!  :blink:
 
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:55 PM

Just taking a second look I think I needed to have the Neewer postioned differently to eliminate the lens hood shadow.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:20 PM

They look good.

Maybe, I would turn the flash on the right pointing just slightly left, it would feather onto the camera. Then make a reflector out of foil and position it toward the lens. About where the second flash reflection is, a bit forward. That way, that left flash can feather light onto the reflector and on to that shadow. You have the dull side of the foil and the shiny side. I would try them both.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:56 PM

Thanks Dennis I will give it a try!

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:00 PM

Wow, great results, Jim.

 

Motivating me to try some images tonight.

 

May set up my foam board reflectors.

 

Thanks for the inspiration.


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:07 PM

Thanks Art!!! I had fun messing around, this weekend I will try this again.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:04 PM

Nicely done - who says you need Profoto D1s for product shots???


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 12:14 PM

Nice effort, Jim.

 

Looking at your lighting set-up, I noticed that you only used a flash diffuser for the speed light on camera left?  I didn't see any diffuser for the speed light on camera right.  

 

You might want to experiment with diffusers and foam board.  You can actually make some good sized diffusers with just foam board and parchment paper.  Dirt cheap and lots of fun.  :)


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

Nice job! I need to get motivated, I don't think I've touched my camera since the wedding.


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