A couple I forgot about...prom

Discussion in 'People' started by ponykilr, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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  2. cuss2much

    cuss2much Guest

    I like the lighting in #2,
    Love everything about the last one...
     
  3. 1 and 4 are out of the box... very good.
     
  4. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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    Thank you guys!

    Anyone else wanna share some pics?
     
  5. srwatters

    srwatters

    Feb 27, 2006
    Plano, TX
    Love #4. Might have been better if the tree was not there, but it's really nice as is.

    Well done!
     
  6. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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    I have tried to crop this in the past so that the tree was a natural frame on the edge of the picture, but it lost something with the closer crop. Thanks for the kind words.
    Maybe if I had had them to stand a little farther away from the azaleas...hindsight is always better than foresight:smile:
     
  7. davidzvi

    davidzvi

    Apr 30, 2005
    Massachusetts
    David
    the forth is my favorite, but I would try cropping it just so that you eliminate the green on the right side of the tree.
     
  8. the lighting in #2 is superb, what was your lighting setup?
     
  9. I like them all!!

    #1 could be an ad for the tuxedo manufacturer
    #2 is just a great looking portrait
    #3 could have been better if the young man was in the shade as well to get rid of the blown highlights in his vest/flower
    #4 is absolutely wonderful
     
  10. I really like #4 as is. Looks very natural. Eliminating the tree may look to artificial.
     
  11. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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    It is a closely guarded secret....no really, just an SB600 with a sto-fen omni bounce and stroboframe camera flip. I also use the sc29 cable which puts the flash meter back down on the camera. When I use flash I want it simple. All of these used the same setup. Turned the flash power down 2 stops and it just lessens the shadows without becoming the main light.

    I have a pro-max kit but it is just so bulky and looks like a science project, so I dont use it much. The omni bounce or Fongsphere is really needed for natural looking flash in my experience.


    To Keith and the rest of you guys, thanks. My head is swelling. Great models make it seem easier.

    So, no one else shot any proms?
     
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  12. Very nicely done. I like all four, but my fave is #4 as well! #3 is my least fave because of the reasons Keith mentioned. I may have some prom photos, but they weren't formal and aren't good enough to show here. My son was in a hurry and the wind was just shy of a tornado.
     
  13. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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    http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro

    DxO optics pro v4.2

    I usually dont rave about a product, but this one is just the best of it's kind.

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    Here is a review, but it doesnt say much about people pics.
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/dxo/optics-pro.htm
     
  14. LOL, thanks...glad to hear it wasn't necessarily an umbrella, etc...I have what you have (800) and also have the Fong, my daughter's a couple of years away from her prom. Have been looking at flash brackets, that stroboframe as well as Joe Demb.
     
  15. ponykilr

    ponykilr

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    The camera flip works well once you replace the plastic nuts on it with metal ones so you can tighten it up. It is meant to be used on a tripod, but I hand hold it. I am sure that there are better constructed units but for the $$, it works very well. The regular stroboframe brackets turn the flash head on it's side and it seems to throw a weird pattern like that. The camera flip rotates the camera and the flash head stays put.

    BTTL mode and power 2 stops down works for me, YMMV.
     
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