Friday, June 01, 2012

Chris's Portrait

This is my son Chris. Ever so often he allows me to photograph him, allowing me to try out some new lighting techniques.  This portrait was shot using two SB-800's, one in a 22" beautiy dish and the other inside a super large softbox.
The progression of this portrait is shown below.  The first image on the left is with the beautiy dish by it self, the center is with some fill (too much), and the last image is with the amount of fill I settled on.
The fill that used in this portrait was a super large softbox (4' X 6'). In the detail photo below you can see my silhouette in front of the softbox.

Here is a photo of the set up.

It's nice to have some time at home to shoot for myself and practice with my lights. I really think of my small studio space in my home as my laboratory to work out different lighting scenarios. I am constantly telling my workshop participants that you need to practice with your lights, I've been shooting for 30 years and I still practice with my lights when not working.
I'll be at the University of Miami in Ohio later this month conducting 3 workshops for the UPAA. I also have some space available in my August 18th Small Strobes, Big Results workshop in Denver.  For more information regarding this workshop click HERE


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Unknown said...

Whats your output on the speedlights?

David Tejada said...

Hi Jason: The output on the speedlights is not important to me, the reason is as follows.

I make a creative decision on my aperture and quality of light I want. I just adjust the power to match my vision.

Looking at the EXIF data, I see that I shot this at 1/250 @ f/4.0 ISO 400. If I were to guess on power settings I say the beauty dish was set to about 1/16th the large fill behind me about 1/16th as well.

I've just never concerned myself with power settings on the flash, if my chosen f-stop is f/4.0 I know I need enough power to give me that. DT