I took my speed lights off camera, outdoors and heres what happened.

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  1. JustJazzie

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    I am so glad I took the advice from several people in my DIY lighting thread to connect my flash units and use a larger light source.

    This shoot was a little challenging. I only had one background choice due to the neighbors building a REALLY ugly fence in the yard that I hadn't realized had gone up when I agreed to do the shoot there, and I needed to be far enough from the road to avoid it in the frame, and then I was constantly shifting the lighting setup with the shade as the sun moved. Add to that, a dog running in an out of every shot, as well as a 2 year old doing the same, I was so happy to have the foam core to bounce on, instead of messing with my modifiers that may or may not have hit my subjects as a group. I really only got one chance as the little one was done before we even started.

    I should have paid more attention to the ambient light as I wish the background was a little darker in a few of them. However even with 2 flash heads at 1/2 power, my recycle times were not up to par with a toddler.

    Anyways! C&C is always welcome, along with tips and trick for the next go around.

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    turned out GREAT. how exactly did you setup the lighting?
     
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    Well, let's see, here....

    They're GREAT!
     
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    I was just about to edit the original post thinking I should add that in.

    Thank you!

    I had a huge foam board, (some kind of housing insulation from home depot) Last time I used it I just used the silver side, but figured it would be too harsh with the speed lights. So, I ended up cutting the foam to fit my favorite shower curtain diffuser, which I used background clips to attach to the foam. (Bonus! The foam now fits in the back of my explorer and I didn't have to borrow DH's truck to transport it!)

    That were about 45º or so from the family, and far enough away to keep out of my frame.

    2 Speedlights at 1/2 power pointed in the middle of the board.

    I clipped my 48 inch 5 in one reflector to a second light stand and put that in as close as possible for fill light.

    So...I suppose I basically set it up exactly how I usually do in the studio. So much for creativity, huh? :giggle:
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Wow, well done.
     
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    I think you did a great job, given the kit and circumstances! I might try pulling down the highlights on the Mom & children a little bit. They seem very fair-skinned and while Dad looks spot-on, they seem a little hot. Something in the 1/3 - 1/2 stop range I'm guessing.
     
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    Great shots
     
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    Thank you!
    I see your perspective about the exposure. Believe it or not, I intentionally pulled these up. It gets brought up quite often when I post portraits, so I guess "slightly-over-exposed-skin" is my "style?"

    Thanks so much, ZombieSniperJr!
     
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    Echoing the others, these are really nice.

    • Some questions on your setup. As I understand, you used your shower curtain "on top of" the foam board??? Did you by chance try any with just the silver side???
    • How did you support the foam board modifier?
    • Did you tape the two flash units together as some suggested earlier?
     
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    Thank you!

    You understood the setup correctly! I needed something relatively sturdy to support the curtain so I clipped it to the board.

    I did not take any with the silver side. I've used silver reflectors in the past with natural lighting, and I found it to be quite harsh.

    Originally, I had an extra person holding the board. Eventually, he used his ingenuity and propped it up with a couple sticks threaded through the clip handles. If fell over once due to the light breeze.

    However I was thinking next time I will try to support it by clipping it to 2 more light stands.

    I really hate wasting things, so I did not use tape. My speed lights already have soft velcro on them for modifiers, so I stuck two scratchy strips of velcro each other to help them stick. Then I took this little bungie thing I have...its a bungie loop, with a ball on the end and secured them with that.

    I hope that made sense! I can attach pictures if that would clarify anything.
     
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