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swgod98
07-15-2008, 11:12 PM
Sunday turned out to be a long photoshoot (setup at 9am, tear down at 5pm). I was exhausted. But, it was a great day and everyone had fun! That's what's important :)

This was my first official use of the D300 I've had for nearly a month. It did it's job without any trouble. I used my 50mm for most of the shots, though I switched to my 70-300vr for many of the closeup shots. I don't think I used the 85mm at all...

Araceli
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2670389338_e9a7fafb31.jpg

Nidia
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2183/2670517622_dd42cf07d8.jpg

We also brought along a makeup artist, acquired through MM. She did a pretty good job and we were very pleased with the results.

Araceli
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/2667250350_c55385e5ae.jpg

Nidia
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2669629478_79f5f9a618.jpg

Araceli and Nidia :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/2672745223_eeaae7b331.jpg

The backdrop color is called Oyster. I was a bit skeptical about it's appeal when I purchased it...I simply wanted an off white color. But, as it turns out, I am very happy about it! Now, I just need to learn how to keep it clean (SO many dirty footprints on it now!) :\

And one of my favorite things to do: Jump Photography!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2666427851_3c55c41c10.jpg

I used the Norman ML400 as the main light here, and I was a bit surprised it froze her pretty good. I was expecting some blur in the feet/arms/hair...somewhere! But, it turned out pretty sharp.

I have a few more photos (and will be adding more) on my flickr site if you're interested:

Of Nidia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swgod98/sets/72157606157867165/

Of Araceli: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swgod98/sets/72157606157865755/

Thanks for looking :)

XaiLo
07-16-2008, 10:49 AM
Cool, nice images... number three looks like her arms are way too rigid though. besides off camera, camera right, what was the lighting setup? any modifiers?

swgod98
07-16-2008, 12:47 PM
Cool, nice images... number three looks like her arms are way too rigid though. besides off camera, camera right, what was the lighting setup? any modifiers?

Thanks Xailo...just used main, fill and an unreliable hair light :D

http://www.danshobbyshack.com/temp/garage_studio_jul13.jpg

toriaj
07-16-2008, 01:35 PM
The faces look a little shiny, especially in #1. I have a feeling it was caused by "shimmery" makeup, rather than the lighting. The shots look great, though. Do you have any tips for jump shots?

swgod98
07-16-2008, 02:04 PM
The faces look a little shiny, especially in #1. I have a feeling it was caused by "shimmery" makeup, rather than the lighting. The shots look great, though. Do you have any tips for jump shots?

Ya, we had a makeup artist (for the first time) as well.

Not sure about jump shot advice...Timing, lighting, settings?

Timing: I typically prefocus (prior to jump) and then tell the model to "jump when ready".

Lighting: Lights can be placed anywhere, depending on the look you're going for. But, what type of lights are important, because not all of them offer the settings you need.

Settings: Obviously, with indoor studio lighting, your camera's SS doesn't really make a difference. You could set it at 1/60 at stop a bullet (assuming your lights are fast enough and you're not picking up ambient). The important thing is the flash duration. Alien Bee's might be cheap lights, but they provide extremely fast flash durations (the AB800 fires off at ~ 1/1000th, t0.1 when set to full power). Faster than most competitors at equivalent (and higher, even much higher) prices.

I actually used my Norman as main light, but I think it's flash duration is only rated at 1/300th @ t0.1. Not bad, but not as fast as I would like. Luckily, it did a pretty good job (better than I expected)...so maybe that rating is slightly off...?

When trying to freeze action, it is important to setup your camera/lights at their highest power levels (assuming monolights). Monolights take longer to fire off when you reduce their power output. So, in my case, I had the Normal cranked up to full power to get the 1/300th flash duration. For the fill light (if you use one), you can lower the output (if you think it will still be fast enough), or better yet move it further back to emulate less output. Or, if you simply have a less powerful monolight (say, an AB400), it can be set at full power.

Hotshoe flashes work differently. They are actually the opposite (reverse psychology?!?). So, at full power an SB-x00 won't be as fast as if you had it set to 1/2 power. Problem then becomes, how little of light can you deal with to get that flash exposure...? I don't know hotshoe flash duration specs, though.

Flash duration is something that is often overlooked when people look to purchase their monolights. Yet, it is very important if you are freezing action (such as jump shots). So, I always try to remind people that w/s don't mean everything! :D Check that spec sheet for the t0.1 rating...often times, they use the t0.5 rating because it's faster...but, that actually means the flash duration for the top half of the exposure curve...If no t value is mentioned, assume it's t0.5. If you have the t0.5 value, divide it by 3 to get the t0.1 value (this is an approximation).

Hopefully some of that is useful info. If you have any other questions about it, though let me know.

toriaj
07-16-2008, 04:57 PM
Wow, thanks, that's some great info.
I guess what I meant to ask was, what directions do you give the people for what they should do? Seems like "just jump" isn't really enough :D

swgod98
07-16-2008, 07:12 PM
Wow, thanks, that's some great info.
I guess what I meant to ask was, what directions do you give the people for what they should do? Seems like "just jump" isn't really enough :D

haha, that's all you wanted and I went off on a tangent :D

Ya, usually I just say jump and they jump :) Mind you, this is only the first time I've done it! haha

The first time was in a workshop, the girl knew what she was doing and what she was there for. We pretty much just pressed the button.

Nidia (above) didn't need any direction. She jumped and the poses come out different each time, even if she didn't change much, the timing of my shot always made for a slightly different pictures.

If it doesn't look like they're getting the hang of it, then you gotta give them some direction. Let's pretend we're skydiving, or you're running in the air, or you're about to pounce on someone, stuff like that.

You also have to take into consideration what they are capable of. Some girls can't jump very high or have the coordination to do much in the air. If that's the case, you just take what you get and move on to the stills :D

I hope I get more models willing to do jump shots :)

toriaj
07-17-2008, 12:23 AM
Thanks, that helps, now I have the technical needs and the verbal directions down, I just need a model!! :D
P.S. Don't say make it a SP, I'm not that coordinated :p

rawpaw18
07-17-2008, 05:09 AM
Gone through your shots on Flickr, very nice couple of series. It looked like
it was good times all day, give some credit to yourself for also being easy to work
with or it would show in the models.

Rooz
07-17-2008, 05:16 AM
nice set mate. i went thru them on your page and marked out the one i liked best.

swgod98
07-17-2008, 11:14 AM
Thanks Rooz.


give some credit to yourself for also being easy to work with or it would show in the models.

That's a good point. Though I had it easy this time, since one of the girls I've known for a while (she used to work at my company for a while) and the other (her alleged partner in crime) I met at the previous shoot for Street Life Riders.

The first "official" shoot I had (for myself and not in a workshop) was a bit strange, because I never met the girls before. They're on my site as well (Natasha and Sammantha). I think they turned out good as well, but it's a challenge for the photog and model when they've never met!!