I thought my friends here at CR might enjoy reading about my recent Photoshoot with 40 pancake, 50 Sigma and a brolly box.
I took the time to include the lens and ISO data for each shot. Hope you find that interesting! As usual, I am using my beloved 5D3, the camera that makes every lens look good. (According to me, anyway!)
Oh, I also used my favorite lens, the Canon 85mm f/1.8. You may notice that when photographing people, I tend to use my prime lenses between f/2 and f/2.8, that seems to be the sweet spot for me.
I am becoming quite a fan of what our Brit friends call a Brolly Box. Basically it means an umbrella with translucent white fabric over the open side with a small hole for the light source. In my case an Alien Bee 400 is located in the hole. This makes a really nice soft box that is very compact to transport and very easy to set up. It is so efficient that I sometimes end up using ISO 50 in order to use a large aperture with my prime lenses. (Light source: Alien Bees 400)
Perhaps the best thing is that they can be made very cheaply, so if yours gets damaged (hasn't happened to mine yet), you just reach for a fresh one. I bought mine at the link below. They are so cheap they are sold in pairs to make a worthwhile sale.http://www.skaeser.com/servlet/the-607/photo%2Cvideo%2Clight%2Clights%2Clighting%2Cumbrella%2Csoftbox%2Creflective%2Creflector/Detail
So if you would like to read my blog post, just go here:
Fair warning... after the first few photos it is rated NSFW.http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/blog/2014/3/boudoir-photography-in-a-century-old-portland-home