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Old 03-29-2007, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got some new light modifiers this week and decided to invite a few of my model friends over to help me test out the equipment. Most of these images are straight out of the camera, although most of you who know me know that I always run my images through Photoshop (even if it's just to crop and sharpen the image). I have one more "friend" coming over tomorow to help me test my equipment. Stay tuned.

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So many models, so little time...

Nice as always Marty.

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Old 03-30-2007, 02:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Really great pictures Marty
What new light modifiers have you bought and how did you use them ?
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Yeah, nice work - sincerely - but tell us about the modifiers and how you're using them here.
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It's kinda funny... my friends sure don't look like that. Guess I need new friends!

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Yeah, nice work - sincerely - but tell us about the modifiers and how you're using them here.
I'm playing with a variety of new light modifiers, experimenting to see what gives me the best results.
  • Grids: I just bought a full set of grids for my Alien Bees and LOVE how they work. Switching from softboxes to grids in photography lighting is kinda like switching from a paint roller to an artists brush in painting. The grids let you place the light exactly where you want it with very little spill.
  • Scrims & Diffusers: I love shallow depth of field, but even shooting at f2.8 with my 70-200 VR lens, I didn't get the look I wanted. For these latest images, I used a couple of scrims I had laying around the house. One is a 72"x72" sheer curtain that I bought at Target, the other is a 10ft x 20ft sheer drape that another photographer gave me. I stood the models in front of my windows and placed the sheer material between the model and the window to diffuse the light and soften the light coming in from outside. It's a cheap trick, but it gives me a few more different looks (and I'm getting bored with the walls in my house).
  • Speaker Grills: Ok, this is the weirdest light modifier. After I saw that the Alien Bee grids bare a strong resemblance to the speaker grills that I have on my car speakers, I dug up two 6" speaker grills and taped them over the reflectors on my Norman strobes. To my delight, they worked just like the expensive grids! And, since my Normans are true 400 ws strobes, it's hard to balance then with my Alien Bee 400s --- the speaker grills not only help focus the light, but also cut the intensity by about 2 stops -- which balances nicely with the Bees.
Nothing Earth shattering, but I now on a hunt for more old speaker grills!

Here are a couple more pix from my light modifier experiments.

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Excellent!!!!!
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Thanks for the info - nice, creative ideas.
And, FWIW, I REALLY like that b/w - exceptionally fine, even for you. Did you by chance do any headshots in that vein?
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Wow Marty! With friends like that, the only thing better would be friends-with-benefits like that.
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Hey Jimmy, if I wanted "friends-with-benefits" like that, I'd have to move to California ... and it seems like you've already sewen up that market. LOL! Wanna trade places for a while?
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