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Group portrait with single on-camera flash

Discussion in 'People' started by Uncle Frank, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. I was taking test pictures of a potential wedding client this afternoon, and snapped a group photo of the bride-to-be, her mom, and grandma.

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    Re technique, I positioned the subjects in open shade, metered the background, and then adjusted manual settings to underexpose the background by 1 f/stop. I illuminated the subjects with an on-camera flash, dialed back by -2/3 ev and softened by a Lumiquest softbox. My lens was The Beast (Nikon 28-70/2.8 ).

    Nothing better than getting mom and grandma on my side ;) . I'm hoping this sample will land me the wedding.
  2. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I was thinking just that Frank. Those glowing, smiling faces should do the trick! Great shot with nearly minimal equipment.

    I like the exposure setup, I saw this on another thread. I'll try the formula next time I have a dark background like that.
  3. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  4. I described the way I meant to take the picture... and the way I remember taking the picture. Who are you going to believe, me or the EXIF data?

    Maybe my memory is faulty and I screwed up. Then, as my old man used to tell me, I suggest you do as I say, not as I do :tongue:.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 5, 2005
  5. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  6. Very well balanced shot UF. I've been experimenting with flash a bit and am amazed at the results... I bet that wedding is in the bag for you!
  7. sfoxjohn


    May 1, 2005
    Marlton, NJ

    Given how good the shot came out, maybe you should have said do as I did, not as I say
  8. John, I've always said that I'd rather be lucky than good :Crunk:.
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