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Old 07-18-2005, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi!!!
Can you help me with my lighting???? I don`t own a professional lighting equipment so i try to be creative using lamps, amateurs flashes, hand made reflectors,etc. Can you tell me how can I improve my pictures with what I own. Of course that im aiming to buy a professional equipment soon. But first i got to get the money.
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Here are some photos with my amateur lighting. pLEASE Reply!!!!

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Old 07-18-2005, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Joseph,

I didn't see any pics in your portfolio.

A lot can be done with a single flood lamp (200 or 300w) and a couple of white and black bookend/bounce. Get some cine foil to make flags and snoots and when your done no one would be the wiser. Also, Relando recommends GE Chroma 50 fluorescent tubes found at Loews.



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Old 07-18-2005, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try to use a small flash with an (homemade) extencion PC cord an a Mylar rescue sheet (gold). For general use thats enough.
Most important: TAKE A LOT OF RISKS AND PICTURES

PD: I cant see any picture in your portfolio
 
 
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Old 07-18-2005, 11:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Get one reflector (which can be just a 3x4 sheet of white foam core). Get a subject and put them by a window on a sunny day. Now experiment with shooting shots of the subject and use the window as your main and the reflector as your fill. You can use the blinds and curtains to cast patterns on the subject also. Experiment until you master taking good shots with just that light and you'll be well on your way.

Here is a simple example using the above lighting:



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Old 07-19-2005, 08:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There are a lot of posts on GG about cheap lighting. Just go to the Search area, type in "Speedlight" and set the time for about 6 months.

The lovely Sandra was photographed using a cheap Nikon speedlight and umbrella.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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...using a cheap Nikon speedlight and umbrella.

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Is there such a thing? My SB-800s cost about as much as some strobes do [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

btw, nice image and beautiful young lady.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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DUH! If you get a brand new Nikon speedlight, YES it will cost as much as a studio strobe!

All but one of my speedlights were used or old - one came from my 20 year old 35mm cameras, one from a garage sale and one from my wife's old 35mm camera. Hook them up to a cheap $15 optical slave, trigger them with your main flash (or your SB800 if you want) -- just run a PC cable to the master flash it so it's away from your camera and it will trigger all the cheap speedlights!
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The best thing you can do about lighting is see the light. No matter what you use pay attention to what the light is doing. Is the light distracting or enhancing? Is the shadows forming or deforming. Any light source will work as long as it falls into a comfortable exposure zone. Even a mag flash light will work for lighting, street lights, headlights on a car, etc.....No matter what poor man ligting set up you choose, it is all about how you see the light and adjust to your best advantage. See it before shooting it. If a shadow exists, then it will exist. If a highlight exist, it will exist. Read it, work your model into it, focus on it, and then shoot it. You can set up lights and have a pretty girl but you can make her ugly quick or less photogenic just thinking she's automatically pretty in just setting up lights and thinking she's pretty enough.


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Old 07-22-2005, 05:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Poindexther, thank you for the advice.,.... can you help me.. how can i upload pictures to my profile. I tried and nothing happens.

tHanks again.
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THere`s already some photos in My portfolio. At LAST there are !!!!

thanks Bye
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