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    Dusk/Night Shoot, 2 Strobes, tips?

    Doing my first dusk/night shot with a model. I have 2 strobes, 2 umbrellas. Anybody have any advice/tips?
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    Depends on the look your going for. Is the sky and/or background going to be a part of your shot? If it is than set your camera to exposure for the sky/ambient light. This of course will make your subject too dark so adjust your strobe to exposure for the model. If your not concerned with the ambient light being a part of the shot than its business as usual. Just exposure for your model (which will most likely kill more of the ambient light).
    Last edited by r3g; 05-08-2009 at 05:09 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r3g View Post
    Depends on the look your going for. Is the sky and/or background going to be a part of your shot? If it is than set your camera to exposure for the sky/ambient light and adjust your strobe to exposure for the model. If your not concerned with the ambient light being a part of the shot than its business as usual. Just exposure for your model.

    Thanks. I was hoping you would chime in. We'll see how it goes I guess
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    No problem. Just remember its all about balance. I know its kind of a "duh" statement but its easy to forget sometimes and then frustration sets in as you fight to get it right. So is the ambient going to be part of the scene or no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by r3g View Post
    No problem. Just remember its all about balance. I know its kind of a "duh" statement but its easy to forget sometimes and then frustration sets in as you fight to get it right. So is the ambient going to be part of the scene or no?
    Not sure yet. If we find the right spot, situation then sure. If not, no. Any tips on placement of the strobes? I'm thinking of backlighting her if there is no immediate background, but at the same time I don't have a reflector to fill in the shadows of the face for the front strobe.
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    Lighting position depends heavily on the position of the model. It will indeed be pretty hard to light the model evenly with just 1 strobe. Best bet is to put the strobe in front of her through the umbrella. Only downside to that will be the strobe will light her and everything immidiately behind her which may be something you dont wana do. If you can get a decent amount of ambient light than you may be able to use that for sepatation and wont need the backlight.

    Hope over to the Strobist group and search "dusk". Have a look at the setups and results people are getting it may give you some idea of what your after and how to get those results.

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    Get everything and anything you can with Joe Mcnallys name on it. Read it, watch it, learn it!
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    I have two McNally books on the way, but this shoot was kind of a last minute thing. I haven't shot a model for a month or two and am itching to get back at it. I'll wing it and see what happens! Wish me luck gentleman.
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    Stay relaxed and keep in mind what you know and you wont need luck. Be sure to post lots of pics!!
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    OK, so I'm a little pissed off right now. I learned a HUGE lesson tonight! The last part of the shoot, my 383 AND my CSRB took a swim. Wind crept up and down they went. I think the flash is done but the receiver seemed to work ok...until I got home. Now its flashing a steady red. I changed the batteries, but nothing. The flash sounds like it wants to fire up but starts to sound like its dying. Hopefully drying out overnight will help? On the bright side of things I think we got some decent shots! Lesson learned: SANDBAGS!!!
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