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Black & White / Re: A Light Read
« on: September 15, 2013, 06:26:26 AM »
OP, your photo reminds me of renaissance painting style and I like it (Staged or not). Except that there is too much black space on the right side which results in a loss of balance. I would either crop it out or while taking the pic would keep a table with something on it lit with a reflector from the right side.

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:11:49 AM »

Adebrophy - hmmm finding a room with a window in a Japanese office might be difficult!  :P
(This might not give you "professional" arty portraits, but will give properly exposed headshots; however it is so stupid lighting that you may not even think it is worth it)

Ok, can you find an inside corner of two white walls?  Then stand kind of at the vortex of the two white walls such that the two walls are behind you (imagine standing in the middle of "V") Ask your subject to stand at the open end of that "V", mount the speedlight on your camera but facing backwards towards the corner and fire. The results always pleases me for simple headshots.

Another good headshot lighting is available in hallways (not too wide and with white walls). Put the speedlight off camera facing one of the walls (right or left) Now depending on where you make your subject stand you can get differential lighting on both sides of the face. You may also use two speedlights hitting both the walls and get more even (or by chaning power of the flashes differential) lighting on both sides of the flash. For the headshots I will always go for bounced light (assuming that you do not have softbox or any such contraption). And if possible get some large white chart paper (may be called art paper or cartridge paper in your country). You can probably pin or tape them on any wall or glass window or partition or even white board and use them as reflector for any of the above lighting set ups.

Also pay attention to how you are asking your subjects to pose for the headshots. Do not let them stand as if you are taking passport photos. Make them stand side ways facing you. They may rest their hands on something, brace themselves tightly or looses.... different poses with similar lighting will also give you different results.

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:59:22 AM »
...... I use 2 cheap light stands (bought from Amazon) to hold whiteboards and I bounce the light off of them ... it is not the perfect setup but it does a decent job of illuminating all the people in the pic ...

I think that is brilliant. I have been thinking of that for long, but could not figure out how to fix the white board on the lightstands and then where to fix the speedlights. Rienzphotoz could you please some info about that if that is possible? Thank you.....

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:31:53 AM »
My plan would be something like this

Lenses / Re: Supertele + drop-in cpl
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:03:09 AM »
You can use something like this on your belt (I am not intending to advertise this particular piece or shop, just I bought this a few months back and found the link easily)......

Thanks, I have one like that, mine folds and folds, I like it a lot, but I'll try to find something for my strap for just that one filter.

Sorry, you need for just one filter, then get a fishbomb..... no I am not kidding search FishBomb ...

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:00:15 AM »
Hmm, it looks like you cannot rent anything (I am assuming from whatever you have written till now) and coming from a country which is not USA I understand that. Not all countries have such extensive gear renting opportunities like US. But with 30 people standing (and sitting may be) you will need to figure out some way to put one flash to the right of the group (hitting the right side of the group) and another on the left and the third one from top of your camera. So you will need some sort of posts or walls towards your right and left (you can use something like gaffers tape or strong cloth tapes to do that). you may also want to put two of your speedlights at the back of the group facing the back wall slightly uppishly to give some light to the background and to make the group of employees standout from the background. I am assuming you have someway of remotely triggering the four flashes that are not on the camera.

For the headshots go to the strobist website, they have a nice article on headshots in office spaces with speedlights. They may also have something on group shot.

Lenses / Re: Supertele + drop-in cpl
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:20:35 AM »
You can use something like this on your belt (I am not intending to advertise this particular piece or shop, just I bought this a few months back and found the link easily)......

Canon General / Re: Guess who! :)
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:31:19 AM »
well for people with no interest in certain special genres of films  :P and people without much interest in current bollywood flicks she might not be so famous/known..... but interesting makeup... So a horror flick is coming up with SL.... good to know and to wait in great expectations

Lighting / Re: Setup Question 600ex-rt
« on: September 08, 2013, 07:49:39 PM »
Ok, I do not have those flashes of yours so I myself cannot give any solution to your problem. But see if this document has anything useful for you

Lighting / Re: Setup Question 600ex-rt
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:11:12 PM »

I Just got my new Canon 600ex-rt. I have a Canon 7d, a flash 430ex II, and a pair of yongnuo yn-662c wireless flash trigger transceiver.

Basically what I want to do is put one of my transeiver on my camera, to fire my 630ex and I want my 430ex II to fire as a slave.

I'm able to do it, when my flash is on my camera, but I can't do it when my 630ex-rt is mount to my yn-622c.

Is there a non-compatibility with those two? What should I do ?

Sorry for my bad english, I speak french.

Olivier  :)

Let me see if I understood correctly, are you putting the 430 on the second YN622c and still it is not working?

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:42:53 PM »
I wonder how did those rocks got arranged on the semi cliff!?

Site Information / Re: Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 04, 2013, 11:27:58 AM »
Just to satiate my curiosity, sometimes I have seen reference to some "the temple guy" in certain other topics in the forum here. Is this "the temple guy" and the erstwhile use ankorwatt one and the same?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I jumped ship...
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:36:33 PM »
So, those of you who have used both systems do you guys feel that Nikon cameras are designed and built keeping a smaller hand size as the target compared to comparable Canon cameras? I used the Nikon cameras of two of my friends (one D80 and the other was probably D90 or D7000) and found the hand grip feeling smaller/thinner than my 40D and 50D....... any opinion?

Lenses / Re: Internal Zooming Standard Zoom
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:31:57 AM »
Or the new sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC for crop sensors.

Yes, that is the lens that made me ask the question. I have not handled the 16-35L. but the Sigma felt nice, that is why I was dreaming for an EF-S 17-55 of that type.

Lenses / Re: Is it possible to correct a coating on a lens?
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:23:53 PM »
Short of changing the front element altogether I think you have to live with it.

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