First try at Garage Shoot

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  1. NateS

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    Decided to make up a little "studio" in the garage to try some natural light shots as I've recently seen this done with great results. C&C please as portrait work is not my strong area by any means. Focus was as best as I could....he was on fire today constantly running *pulls hair out*.

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    I'm hoping to someday get good enough to start doing portraits for people. I know I have a LONG way to go, but that's why I'm here.
     
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    nice shots...get some good lighting and you will be set.
     
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    Thanks I had my SB-600 on a 33" shoot through umbrella but was unable to get any without blinking due to commander mode which is why I ditched it and went with natural lighting. I guess I need to start saving for pocket wizards or get some cheap ebay triggers for now since I'm not a pro/for hire.
     
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    bump
     
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    I guess for me there isn't enough lighting. But the baby is very cute
     
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    That's a curious statement. What does it mean?
     
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    With commander mode, my onboard flash fires to trigger the off camera SB-600. Every single time....my son would start to blink when the onboard flash went off (to fire the SB-600) which had him blinking in all of the exposures. When I get radio triggers problem will be solved since with only 1 flash going off the exposure will be done by the time he blinks.
     
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    It appears your shutter wasn't fast enough.. what were your settings? That age is extrememly difficult to work with especially if your still testing the waters as far as lighting goes. Can you ask your wife to pose for you? I'd really recommend keeping your aperature wide open, your shutter near 200, and let your ISO fall where it may after that. As long as you get perfect exposure, you should be able to avoid grain. Your ISO could still be very low if your ap is wide open anyway.
     
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    Oh, okay..... subject blinking. I was thinking either the built-in or the SB was blinking *read malfunctioning*.

    While the commander does pre-flash to trigger the SB, visually it's pretty much simultaneous. However, I notice that none of your shots have your son looking at the camera anyway, so it bears the question if it was just bad luck timing? Or if you flash synched your shutter speed?
     
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    Good advice and thanks. I really do always have a problem with underexposing my shots. For some reason when it's exposed properly, my little 2" lcd screen looks like it's overexposed to me....I usually compensate which ends up with underexposed shots. I really need to start trusting the camera a little more and relying less on the tiny LCD screen. Good ideas about shooting wide open too...looks like I need all the "speed" I can get with him.

    My wife was helping to "pose" him but the second she let go of him he was off running. This made it very hard and left me with very little time to snap anything.
     
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    This is a great start Nate. #6 is the winner for me. Sounds like you've gotten some good advice already. Good luck on the next session.
     
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    Thanks Ajay. #6 was my favorite too. His position and expression in that one is priceless.
     

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