Off-camera flash portraits

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If you're using a flash to light up your subjects, and haven't tried using it off-camera, you're missing a treat! I'm a recent convert and still trying to learn the tricks of the trade, but here's a few early results.

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How did you position your flashes for these portraits?
 
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A fun shot I did with my niece. You can guess where the SB800 was located while my niece was robbing through that hose. Unfortunately I didn't had a chance to find an optimal setup and also my niece refused to stay in there for a moment, so this is also an action shot :smile:
I had to place the flash quite closely to the tunnel because otherwise it wouldn have been run over by the kids on their way back to the entry.

Although a quick'n' dirty setup I liked the result.

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Off camera is certainly the best way.

Seems like a lifetime ago when I took this one.
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Off camera is certainly the best way.

Seems like a lifetime ago when I took this one.
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This is a wonderful shot! Do you remember how you set this shot up..where the flash was etc?
 
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That was probably one SB800 and an umbrella. I would guess that it was bounced off the umbrella. It was placed to her right and about a foot above her head. Background was underexposed by 1 to 2 stops.

It seems like a long time ago.
 
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One using 3 Speedlights
Taken with the 70-200VR and SB-800 for fill (shoot through umbrella) and SB-600 for main (brolly box). Backdrop is from a 3-panel packet of lace sheers (from a clearance type dept store for a whopping $3) laid over a white bed sheet.
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One using 2 Speedlights
Used an SB-800 for the fill at camera axis position with a shoot-thru umbrella. The main light was an SB-600 through a brolly box 45* (+/-) camera right. Used a black cloth backdrop and no hairlight. Shot manual 1/125 @ f10 using the D2x and 85/f1.4.
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Two using 1 Speedlight and reflector
Used 1 SB-800 camera right ~45* in a brolly box, a reflector camera left and a SB-600 for a background light. Used the 105/f2.5 AIS manual focus lens for this.
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Again, used 1 SB-800 speedlight in a brolly box ~45* camera right, reflector camera left. Light was about 3' from him and reflector about 2'.Used 85/1.4. f5.6 @ 1/80 ISO100 in manual mode
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Those are wonderful examples, Kevin. I notice that they're all studio shots. Do you have any examples/descriptions of location work? I think that's the prrimary emphasis of Strobist flash work, isn't it? Btw, speaking of descriptions, you wrote

Two using 1 Speedlight and reflector
Used 1 SB-800 camera right ~45* in a brolly box, a reflector camera left and a SB-600 for a background light.
Isn't that two Speedlights and a reflector?
 
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Wow, what a thread! Thanks for bringing to my attention, I need to keep up with this as it appears to be very useful information.

Regards...Jim
 
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