First Shot With Off-Camera Flash Indoors - X-Mas Photos (C&C)

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by MikeLem, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. MikeLem

    MikeLem TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Central MA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    This was a paid shoot, but since I'm a newbie with off-camera lighting, I figured I'd post it here. I shot some with a reflector, but I liked the more dramatic look without it. Here are a few. C&C appreciated.

    #1
    [​IMG]

    #2
    [​IMG]

    #3
    [​IMG]
     
  2. indeedies

    indeedies TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    448
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Tacoma, WA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Number two is great!! "Better check yourself foo!!!" Too bad the backround is so distracting. I'm sure the parents will like though regardless. Nice shoot for your first time.
     
  3. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    35,456
    Likes Received:
    12,797
    Location:
    USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hey Mike,
    I think these look a bit too dark and moody for Christmas tree shots. The white balance varies between the first two shots is a bit different,with the first shot having a bit of a yellow-green skin tone that I don't like. The third shot is sort of a crotch shot of the dad, and I'm not fond of the pose, which I think is pretty unflattering.
    I've shot some Christmas light stuff before,and I think there's a somewhat better approach than the one you took, which was ISO 400 at f/5 at 1/160 second with flash and a 50mm lens. First off, the small aperture and fast shutter speed render the out of focus highlights of the lights as very small dots of light, and the tree itself is not really rendering--the exposure is too fast for the ambient, and the flash itself is a bit underpowered.

    My suggestion would be an entirely different approach; white balance set to tungsten for the tree lights; ISO boosted to 800, lens set to f/3.5 to f/2.8; long focal length to magnify the out of focus tree lights and make large orbs; slow shutter speed of around 1/25 second to make the Christmas tree lights 'register' with a warm glow; flash gelled with an amber gel to bring the flash down to 3,200 to 3,400 to match the tungsten white balance.

    If you shoot it that way, the high ISO setting, large aperture, slow shutter speed, and long focal length will make the Christmas tree lights REALLY look good, and the tree itself will also show up more. I am suggesting an ambient light exposure between four to five f/stops "brighter" as being about the right starting point for the ambient exposure. The flash output would depend on how close the light is to the subject,and with a wide aperture and high ISO, the flash power from a 580 EX-II in a 30-40 inch umbrella would be around 1/4 power at five feet.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  4. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,058
    Likes Received:
    1,895
    Location:
    In the country just north of Toronto, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I find 1&2 soft on focus & too dark.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
fisrt shots with the xmas tree
,
off camera flash and christmas photos
,
off camera flash indoors
,
shooting indoors with off camera flash
,
shooting indoors worh off camera flash
,

x'mas flash pictures