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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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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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    Proper way to photograph a white object

    Hi, the picture below was shot using my D500 with my 24-70mm using two XPLOR 600s at about 1/32nd power, each with a 38" octobox positioned from above, but the item appears to get lost in the background. The background is inside a light tent with a muslin background. The background is a little...
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    Photo/lighting portrait critique request

    Hi, I took this picture a few days ago with my D500 and 24-70mm at about 35mm and my XPLOR 600 with a 38" octobox. The light was just a few feet away from the subject, slightly above her head. My assistant was holding a silver reflector under the subject at about the waist level. The picture is...
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    Product Photography (jewelry) ideas needed

    Hi, I have an opportunity to get involved with a local jewelry company and do their website product shots. I'm a relative novice, but have done some product work in the past. I have a D500 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR and would like to get a 105mm macro. I also have two XPLOR 600s with Glow...
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    Professional profile photo critique

    Hi, I have a Nikon D500 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR and a Flashpoint XPLOR 600 with a 38" octobox. I'm an avid amateur trying to take some profile pics for linkedin and a political campaign. This is just a test shot. The actual client has spent time with hair/makeup, etc. The shot was taken at...
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    Critique of group photo requested

    Hi, I was at a march this past weekend and got some great shots. Some of our governor, many political leaders, and a few candid shots of attendees. This was not one of those shots. I knew taking it that it had problems - I just don't know how to correct it. This is with my D500 and a 24-70mm...
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    How to improve group photo with >8 people

    Hi, I was invited to be the photographer for an event involving some dignitaries here in NJ. It took place in a high school auditorium, similar to a movie theater, and with poor lighting. I have a D500 with an SB-700 and a 24-70mm 2.8E ED VR. I'm interested in ideas on how to improve group...
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    Avoiding shadows with portraits and monolights

    Hi, I have two Flashpoint XPLOR 600s, each with a 36" octobox and a D500 with a 24-70mm and plan on using it to take pictures at an event for a non-profit to be held in a fancy ballroom. I took a few practice shots today with my wife and can't figure out the proper lighting arrangement to avoid...
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    Off-camera flash and ballroom event

    I have an event coming up with about 250 women in a non-profit and I've been given the opportunity to be the (volunteer) photographer. Yikes. I have a D500 with a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. I'd like to set up two off-camera wireless flashes. I have two Flashpoint 600's with octoboxes, but I'm not...
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    Interested in Induro CLT204 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod

    Hi all, my Manfrotto 190 tripod was stolen so need to replace it. I bought it in 2014 before I was aware of the Arca mount type. I've since purchased a Peak Design strap with an Arca plate and would like to keep that format. Manfrotto doesn't appear to play very well with Arca. It was necessary...
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    Which filter was used here?

    Hi, I'm a relative photoshop/lightroom novice who uses my D500 and a nice 24-70mm to take pictures of people, mostly as a hobby. I recently shot a woman for her yoga business, and would like to make the pictures look warmer. Would someone suggest a photoshop/lightroom filter that would be...
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    Combining multiple exposures/images

    Hi, I'm an avid amateur photographer and photoshop enthusiast but not very experienced. I have a D500 and was experimenting with the "Multiple exposures" option in the camera that allows you to combine multiple pictures automatically. I was using this feature in preparation of a photoshoot...
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    Metering mode facing the sun

    Hi, I have a D500 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 VRII and I have an opportunity to take pictures of a woman doing yoga poses on a pier off the shore of a small lake. I normally use matrix metering, but it's possible I'll be shooting into the sun, so wanted to make sure I chose the proper metering method...
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    Picture lacks sharpness, critique requested

    Hi, I have a D500 and was trying to take some profile pictures today with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII. I was also using my new Flashpoint XPLOR 600 with a 38" octobox. I have lots of questions, but the main one is that the pictures were not sharp and I don't know why. This one was shot at...
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