One from Johnno's last visit - lighting practice in the lounge room with the bookshelves behind.

From memory we had one flash (1.25CTO gel) in a shoot through brolly box camera right, one flash onto the bookshelf, and one aimed at her hair.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 4th October 2008, This photo: 9:00pm

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  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    OOoh I like this one Dave, you really have mastered the whole strobe lighting thing. Maybe one day I can learn from you too. I'm not a fan of the shots that have sharp shadows on the face, This one is nice the shadows seem a lot softer.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Nicole :)
    I'm really preferring the shoot through brolly these days, lovely soft light you can get quite close to your subject (for even more softness).
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Well there you go, I had no idea! I would have thought the further away the softer! Gee I have a lot to learn if I ever go down that path.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, it's a bit of a learning curve. But yeah, try it out with a torch, the further away, the harder the light (because the light source becomes smaller in relation to the subject).
    You can get the same effect by using a larger light source, but that's not always possible, so you go for a decent sized light source like a brolly and bring it in closer so the light appears larger to the subject and thus softer.
  • bachamp said:
    Great shot. Wonderful light.
    When are you going pro and start studio work?
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm doing a bit of that already. :)
  • rumblemumbles said:
    she has such flawless skin.... and she's a teenager with flawless skin - it's just not fair! Good shot david.
  • David de Groot said:
    hahahaha no, she has far from flawless skin, but I'm too nice to post photos I haven't cleaned up first ;-)
  • strop_au said:
    Beautiful portrait David. Had a chance to look through your photostream properly today and I have to say I am impressed.
    You must have a few years of photography experience under your belt because the quailty of your work is that of a pro photographer, which you may well be for all i know.
    I am going to watch your work carefully because I could probably learn as much about photography from studying your images and trying to figure out how you did it as I would any workshop i could attend. [Yet to get along to the Meetup but intend to soon).
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks David :)
    As it is, yes, I'm attempting to earn a living as a photographer, so I guess that puts me in the "Pro" field. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
  • Xenedis said:
    Here are the lighting settings from a shot I took during the same session (the quirky downward angle):
    1. Nikon SB-600 at 1/4th power and 24mm zoom at 90 degrees camera right, fitted with 1.25 CTO gel, fired through a 44" brolly box and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.
    2. Nikon SB-26 at 1/32nd power and 24mm zoom at 45 degrees camera left, fired into bookshelf and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.
    3. Reflector dish at 90 degrees camera left.
    I'm not sure if we changed any of the lighting between the time of the first shots and the time I climbed onto the chair, but this might help.
  • Xenedis said:
    Oh, I agree with the shoot-through brolly comments. I've found with mine that placing it close to the subject's face provides for very nice diffused light which emulates window lighting.
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :) I couldn't remember what the lighting setup was exactly.
  • Xenedis said:
    This sounds about right. :-)
  • looby88 said:
    looking very grown up indeed, scary eh !! A lovely soft light
  • David de Groot said:
  • scrapjo said:
    Once again, I love the skin colour Dave, you never let me down :-) Kara could be a pro alongside yourself, she's so good at it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jo :)
    Maybe she'll be able to pay her way through Uni eh ? ;-)
  • scrapjo said:
    NOW your dreamin'!!!
  • leadegroot said:
    You don't think?
    Darn, I was hoping that might work out for her :(
    The debts kids rack up these days are pretty scary!
  • Misteriddles said:
    wow, lovely.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Id :) Scary how more grown-up she's getting eh ?