Liz obligingly modeled as a boxer for us (which mustn't have been too hard as she's a kick boxer anyway).

One of many photos we shot today to break-in Simon's new Studio.

Strobist: Vivitar 285HV at 1/2 power bounced off wall behind camera.

SB-26 into silver umbrella camera @ 1/2 power left and far rear (behind bag).

SB-600 on boom at 1/8th camera right, rear, high.

540EZ camera right into shoot-through brolly, 1/4 power.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 8th November 2008, This photo: 3:52pm

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  • Xenedis said:
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Love the contrast mate.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Clone out the brands, get the release signed and voolah :) Great piece of Stock.
    Lovely image by the way.
  • David de Groot said:
    I like the empty space on the right with the slight light fall off.
    Danke :)
    Lea said the same thing.
  • Xenedis said:
    I'm from the University of Tight Crops. :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye, and I like a good tight image too, but sometimes I go the other way.
  • accesser said:
    Cool nice work did you try any action shots I'm imagining one where she is hitting the bag and there is some perhaps staged dust as she makes contact with the bag.
  • Xenedis said:
    Perhaps the model issued an ultimatum: Negative space, or else you're the bag.
  • David de Groot said:
    There were a few action shots, although we didn't think of the dust trick (d'oh!). I wasn't happy with the action ones I shot though - need more practice.
  • misha.w said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • accesser said:
    practice practice practice . . I'm always critical of my shots too always looking to improve what I've got to do is sit down and think up a workflow of sorts for when I'm shooting sometimes after I think dam should have used a different ISO or shutter speed etc . .
  • David de Groot said:
    Just remembered, I have a setup shot for this:
    Setup - Boxer
  • David de Groot said:
    It's good to be your own worst critic, but you also have to remember that people's tastes differ.
  • accesser said:
    Wow neat setup shot looks like fun
  • David de Groot said:
    We triggered most of the flashes by optical slave, and just used a cactus trigger on the sb-600. Alas, we only had to transmitters so I took the time to take some setup shots while letting the other guys shoot a bit. :)
  • frednaut said:
    Great shot David!
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Great shot, good for a commercial, love the set-up shot, makes people realise what is involved and the work.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Geoff :) Got some nice ones from this meet. Simon's studio wall is fantastic - just needs a/c.
    Thanks - what the setup shot doesn't convey is how hot it was in there. The shed it's built in has insulation, but it was still easily 35C inside and we had to frequently close the doors to kill more ambient light. Simon is planning on adding air-conditioning at some stage which will fix those issues.
  • Xenedis said:
    That setup shot sure explains a lot. Thanks for posting that.
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  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Thats a really professional result Dave!
    For my interest, what would be your process for processing an image like this?
  • Electric-Eye said:
    That's a really great result, its the setup shot looks pro too. I too like your framing. You could do the crop suggested, then the model would be out of the center of the frame, but the bag would no longer take up approximately 1/3 of it.
  • David de Groot said:
    On this one Tim, I cloned out the flash on the boom that had crept into the upper right corner, and that was pretty much it.
    Thanks. Yes, I liked the proportions of the bag to empty space.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Ah ok, I guess that's a good thing about studio type shots. The exposure is very controlled. Thanks for that Dave :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep :-)
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Nice work Dave. That's a serious setup indeed.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Matt - we figured that since Simon had gone to all the effort of making a damn sweet studio wall, and arranged for a scaffold, we should make sure we did a decent setup ;-)
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Just remember to all looking, this studio is for hire. Drop me a line and we can chat
  • Jack High said:
    Excellent image, although I think she scares me.
  • David de Groot said:
    hehhe thanks Jack.
  • nuclearpotatoes said:
    If we get into a fight, I promise to accept inevitable defeat
  • «€ugene» said:
    Awesome studio work. Liz's expression is great - she looks like she means business.
  • David de Groot said:
    She was definitely more at home in this setup than the angel wings earlier in the day. ;-)
  • Kitchens International said: