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    Portraits with 2-light setup results in blown out background

    I have a D500 with a 24-70mm, an SB700 plus a YONGNUO YN560 IV speedlight on a small tripod for fill lighting against a white backdrop, and trying to create a basic headshot. The YONGNUO flash is set as a slave to trigger on the SB700 flash. The SB700 is set to 1/2, although I've tried many...
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    Lighting and photo criticism request

    Thanks so much for your kind words. It wasn't always so easy to get her to smile :-) It came from many years of practice. We're also not beyond a bribe :-) So I watched the whole video, and actually have the orange plastic thing that goes over my SB-700, but this video failed to explain why/how...
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    Lighting and photo criticism request

    Yeah, that was it exactly. I try to print these on a 16x20 canvas and hang them in our living room. The cherry blossoms have become somewhat of a tradition for us for at least the last five years.
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    Lighting and photo criticism request

    I took the pictures again this past weekend using the input from this post and my XPLOR 600s and they came out far better. These were mostly f/5 1/320th @170mm ISO 100. Feedback welcome. I think you can tell she's much more relaxed in these photos. That definitely helped. The first one without...
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    Lighting and photo criticism request

    Thanks so much for your help. A few follow-ups: - I think I can do OCF by triggering my secondary flash on a stand with a lens modifier with the SB700 mounted on the camera. Is that sufficient? Where should it be positioned? I'm thinking directly in front of her, aiming at her face, to create...
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    Lighting and photo criticism request

    Hi, I have an opportunity to take this picture over again on Saturday. What can I do differently to improve it? It's not really an environment for bringing my Forcepoint XPLOR 600s. I do have an SB700 and a YONGNUO YN560 flash I could use. I was thinking more light on her face would improve the...
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    Profile pictures in low light

    The blur effect is what people love :-) It's good to know that I'm not missing some major detail about how to do this. Perhaps the part I am still unclear on is that I don't believe my SB-700 would ever be able to light the area with f/5.6 or even f/7.1 unless the shutter speed was well below...
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    Profile pictures in low light

    Thank you all so much for your feedback. So much to learn. I'm currently using matrix metering mode, which appears to work best in these environments where there is little light, and light that varies greatly from one area of the frame to another. Is that correct? Using matrix metering also...
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    Profile pictures in low light

    Yes, thank you. I just simultaneously updated the post to ask that question about focusing on the woman to give me the middle DoF. I think I need to use a DoF calculator for this lens and study and memorize these values. Would increasing the flash exposure have given me the ability to keep the...
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    Profile pictures in low light

    My first attempt at this post failed to get posted properly for some reason (despite "draft saved"). I have a D500 with a 14-24mm f/2.8 and an SB-700 in TTL mode and trying to figure out the best way to navigate environments with very low light. This picture was taken in manual at f/4 ISO 1250...
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    Calculating shutter in low light to avoid motion blur

    Great responses; thanks so much, everyone. I think 1/500th would have significantly affected the noise in the picture (in conjunction with raising ISO, of course). The pics which were blurry seem to stop at about 1/320th. You could definitely see them deteriorate as the night went on and I...
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    Calculating shutter in low light to avoid motion blur

    Hi everyone, there are two problems with this picture. The first is that, somehow in the process of changing from my 24-70mm to my 70-200mm VR2 lens on my D500, the Qual button was pushed and the shutter speed dial rotated, changing my RAW+Fine to NORMAL I was nearly entirely through the shoot...
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    Contributing to a non-profit

    Yes, I agree, and have indeed thought myself that they just don't care about it enough. I should have also mentioned previously that it's currently an all-women group. I didn't go so far to actually say it here because I'm still wondering in some ways if this is my responsibility, as well as...
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    Contributing to a non-profit

    Thanks for your help, as always. I don't think they realize the value of the imagery, even though they continually complement me on it. It's all transactional - they ask me to shoot an event, are then amazed with the pictures I post, but then that's it until the next time they need me. The...
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    Contributing to a non-profit

    Hi, I'm an amateur photographer and have been participating (volunteering) in a non-profit for a few years without any specific role other than to help improve the visibility of the non-profit through my pictures. I attend their events and chronicle, or build a story through my pictures, and...
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    Acceptable professional photo critique?

    Great points, thanks. All plausible explanations, particularly about the possibility that the "star" didn't want the flash, but even then I would have explained how important it was for picture quality.
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    Acceptable professional photo critique?

    Yes, apologies - just updated the post. Use "townhall"
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    Acceptable professional photo critique?

    Hi all, So my wife and I and a bunch of friends went to see Chelsea Handler live last night in NYC. We paid for the "VIP" thing where you sit up close and also do a meet-and-greet afterwards, with pictures. Look at these pictures. Can you believe this came from a professional photographer? Have...
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    Strip light for key light for profile pictures

    Ah, yes, I meant strip light for rim light. You believe I should eliminate the "gridded rim light" entirely, and just use the key light with a reflector and the background light to illuminate the background?
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    Strip light for key light for profile pictures

    Hi, I have a D500 with a 24-70mm and I'm trying to set up an environment for taking profile pictures / headshots for a few friends. I also have two Flashpoint XPLOR 600s with two Glow 36" octoboxes and an SB700 flash for lighting the background. I purchased the Fovitec 14x62 strip softbox with...
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