I haven’t posted for a while. Life has kept me busy with good things plus I was practicing a bit on my procrastination.
Here are some pictures I just I took at the park. I could not have asked for a better day and and nicer family to work with, the kids were awesome and everything went just right.
The equipment I used:
Camera was a Canon 7D. The main lens was a Canon EF 24-70 2.8L follow by Canon EF 70-200 2.8 IS L and I took a few using a Canon EF-S 10-22 . As far as lighting I took two Canon Speedlite a 580EX II and 430 EXII with 1/4 CTO on each one 1 2×2 loastolite Easybox and a 5’x3′ reflector/difuser. The flashes were triggered with one Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and an AC3 controller and 2 Flex TT5. Using the AC3 controller is nothing short of great, I had one light in group A the other one in group B and controlled each one at will from power up and down to turning on and off or go from E-TTl to manual. They are pricey but they are great.
Recently I had a photo shoot with Brian. He is in real state and wanted a new updated picture. After we did the main shots we starting to digress a bit with the lighting and some props that were at the room, at that point we were in the mood of taking pictures and I think the better part of the work came out then.
Recently I went to visit my family and the place where they live features a great outdoor fireplace. Focal points like this make up for a great backdrop so I took my lights and shoot some pictures.
The camera was a Canon 7D outfited with a Canon EF 24-70 2.8L I used a Travelite 750 with a 36×48 Photoflex softbox to the right of the people as the main light source, as a fill light I used a second Travelite 750 fitted with a shoot through umbrella to the left of the camera, the lights were triggered by a Pocket Wizard Mini and 2 Flex TT5. The ratio between the lights was about 1:3.
The other day my daughter decided (to get pretty) so she could go out with me. Needless to say I had to document the event. Since the lights and backdrop were already up I just placed her beauty kit on the table and let her be while I was having fun.
I just got two new color backdrops (bright orange and blue) and wanted to give them a test drive to see what they look like in real life. When I got home the only available live subject that doesn’t mind being photographed for about an hour was me so here it is.
I wanted to darken the bright orange to look deeper. I set the background about 6 feet behind me for the light to fall off quickly. The main light was a Travelite 750 with a 2×2 Lastolite Easy Box I wanted soft light but not as soft as the 4×6 Photoflex softbox I was thinking of using at first ( the lastolite being a lot smaller and silver inside has a more punchy light) as a secondary light (edge light) I also used a Travelite 750 with an 11″ reflector and a 20Deg grid for a very harsh and directional light, later on I added a third light for the background and that was a Canon 580EXII that I fit with a small snoot to have a bit of direction.
The main light was on the left side besides me not quite at 90 deg to the camera but way past 45deg (almost like side lighting) and aiming down at about 45deg. The second light (rim light) was on the far right side behind (make sure when you place this light it does not create glare) I got both lights set to F11 the camera is my Canon 7D with the Canon EF 24-70 2.8 L ISO 100 and the white balance was set at 5800K.
The one picture I’m pulling my Vampire tooth was shot with a Canon EF-S 10-22 the lighting was the same but the backdrop was a lot closer to me.
PS: for the profile image is best if the subject is not sitting right in line with the center of the light source. Use the edges better.
The other day I was about to mow the lawn and noticed all the beautiful leafs laying arround. The light was awesome it was hitting pretty low and it had a nice warmth to it making those leafs glow. That was a great excuse to postpone my duties and pick up the camera and have some fun.
I use the Canon 7D along with the Canon EF 24-70 L 2.8 here I also use a Canon 580EX II with a 1/2 CTO gell and triggered it using the Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and a Mini TT1. I was going to use my Lastolite 2×2 but the wind did not agree with my idea and I had to take it down so I use the bare flash on the stand.
As usual my son does not make taking nice, cute pictures easy; he makes me work for the pictures. like most 2 yrs old I have to chase him all over and every time he sees me pointing the lens at hims he stops doing what he is doing or turns arround.
This are some of the Christmas family photos we took of our friends last weekend. As usual the photo session was fun and hopefully we will do it again for the next season. At the end of the session it turned out a bit into a sports one, I really like them too, like father like son…