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Old 11-22-2004, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All,

I saw a few photos of someone using one speedlight for Glamour and they looked great. I'm not ready to take the expensive plunge into professional lighting until I've gained more experience.

I have three speedlights, a Nikon SB28, SB80 and a Cokin Creative Flash (remember those). I've decided to buy a few umbrellas and stands along with a few slaves.

I'm interested in hearing other's experiences and setups with using speedlight setups for Glamour.

Thanks in advance,

Luis

This photo done using professional studio lighting during an RG workshop. Can I achieve the same using speedlights and umbrellas, etc.


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Re: Glamour using speedlight setup
Old 11-23-2004, 01:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Only if you can get the same model. (g)
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Re: Glamour using speedlight setup
Old 11-23-2004, 07:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have used Vivitar 283s with varipower modules for photography before. I mounted them on lightstand adapters that pivot and swivel and have a hole for an umbrella shaft.

The big problem with doing this when you are in the learning phase is that you will have no modeling light and the most important thing to learn in photography is "seeing the light." For this some inexpensive hotlights from your nearest home improvement store might be a good investment. There may also be a way to mount some type of flashlight bulb or something on your stands with your flashes to give you a modeling light, but it won't be very powerful.
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks good Luis, Keep on "testing". Walt
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Old 11-23-2004, 05:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sb 800 bounced into a white umbrella. SB 28 bounced off ceiling for fill.

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Old 11-23-2004, 07:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not having modeling lamps with digital is not quite so bad because you can check the lighting right away after a test exposure and make the appropriate adjustments.

I'm just getting started and have two AB's and a Vivitar 283 and a 285. Hope to add some more Bee's real soon.

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I started shooting glamour with a Nikon SB-80DX, a Nikon SB-15 a Sunpak 4000 and a couple of white umbrellas (I'm shooting with a Nikon D100). Got some great images for two years. Then I inherited a Norman three-head system with two 30" softboxes. Got even better images. Now I combine everything and use the two big softboxes for key and fill lights, position the SB-80DX over the top of the model in a cheap 24" homemade softbox for hair light, and use the remaining flash units to light my backdrops. As far as I'm concerned, "light is light." As long as I can slave the flash heads and have some control over their power, I can make great images.

The shot below of Sandra was accomplished with an SB-80DX and an SB-15 with optical slave.


All of Sandra's pictures on my website were shot with two small cheap flash heads, two umbrellas and optical slaves. Sandra's Portfolio
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Paul,

If that's what it takes then I'm sure I could get Dawn to model for me again... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Daryl,

I plan on doing the same thing ie mounting them on an umbrella bracket with a hot shoe. I wish I could have modeling lights. You are right. It would make it much easier to learn. But I'm shooting digital with a Nikon D100 so I have the next best thing.... instant feedback so I can make adjustments.

How did you have your lights placed?

Thanks,

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Hey Walt!! How are you doing neighbor. Have you posed any photos from the workshop yet? I'd love to see them.
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