My Attempt at Studio

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My Attempt at Studio

So I have seamless, I have a stand, and I just got an off camera flash set-up. My problem? I HAVE NO ROOM!!! I guess I could set up in the living room, but that would require lugging everything from the front of the house to the back. I'll have to try it out this weekend.

I wanted to play, but my DD wasn't into it. So, DH got in to try to motivate her. Still no go Sad

This is the best I got. I've got to work on the position of the umbrella and the subject. I'm going to need LOTS of practice!!

CC isn't necessary but ALWAYS welcome!

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2010-09-20 01

1/250 f/3.2 100
2010-09-20 02

This is the best of a pullback that I got. Sorry, I didn't make the flash fire and I had to bump my ISO really high just to get exposure (and a lot of help from PS)
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I think it looks great for your first try. I have ZERO experience with lighting, but hope to get acquainted with it over the winter.

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It looks great for your first attempt! A little tip that a photog told me - the closer the umbrella/softbox, the softer your light will fall on your subject Smile

Hope you have fun this weekend and your DD cooperates!

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wow great shots! I think they look great! Smile where is your set up now in your house? I am so looking forward to getting my own little set up in the future. Pull backs are always so nice to look at Smile

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"shutterbug0303" wrote:

It looks great for your first attempt! A little tip that a photog told me - the closer the umbrella/softbox, the softer your light will fall on your subject Smile

Hope you have fun this weekend and your DD cooperates!

I know, I was told that as well at my last photography seminar. I'm going to have to play around with the placement of the light. There is just so much to learn!

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wow great shots! I think they look great! Smile where is your set up now in your house? I am so looking forward to getting my own little set up in the future. Pull backs are always so nice to look at Smile

That is my SMALL front bedroom (about 10X10 without furniture). Right now it's just a spare with a twin bed and a chest of drawers. I'd love to empty it out, but I can't. My living room is huge but I'm kind of daunted by the idea of lugging all my stuff there. But, we're looking at houses and a huge bonus room is on my 'must have' list. Can't wait to actually have my own space to have all of my photography things set up and ready to go. Right now it's all crammed into the corner broken down.

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I think I would have had a set up already if it weren't for the fact that we are crammed in this little house as it is (thanks DH for adding 2 more couches on top of the 2 we had already in our living room lol). Before we even thought of moving back to the USA I was thinking "how am I ever going to get a home studio when living in such a small house?" We can't really afford much bigger either especially in this country. Where we are moving to, in Colorado, we can get something twice the size for the exact same price as we bought this house. So, now when we go house hunting, next autumn (yay!) a big studio/office is a must have for me! Smile So glad I know what to look for now! So I know the feeling. Biggrin

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I think you did great! I love the 2nd one- how cute!

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Very cute! I want to set up a studio space when we get a larger house but am intimidated. I LOVE how she clings to daddy in #1, and #2 is precious. You might try to tone down the magenta a tad, but I think the shots look good.

I enjoy seeing all the pullbacks, too. Very helpful.

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Great job! I love how #1 really shows how much she loves her daddy, and the playfullness of #2 is great! Seeing kids interact with there parents, especially little girls with there Daddy's is just priceless!!!

Thanks for adding a shot of your setup! I am always curious how others do it and if I would ever have enough room. I already took over one of the spare bedrooms in our house as my "craft" room, maybe I can convince DH that I can take over another one for photo stuff and then get a good setup!

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Let me just add that getting that ONE umbrella light set-up was a pain in my you know what! I had to go to the camera store 3 different times just to get my flash working with everything. I can't imagine what would have happened if I tried to peice it together from the internet. It was great being able to take all my junk up there and have them figure it out for me Wink Now I know why those strobist kits are so well liked.

Any of you studio ladies, please chime in!! How many lights are 'needed' for a studio?

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No idea about studio stuff but the 2nd one looks to have great lighting....I think you've done great for such a small space!

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I think they are nice... I love the lighting
Somthing I need to work on

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looks like fun practice! your seamless looks great too!

I remember reading on FB about your trips to the photo stores. I only have one OCF set up and then I rely on the window. but I haven't used it in a long time, since I've been focused on outside shooting. I need to ramp back up so I'm ready for the cold weather.

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Just curious, you have a window, which is a great light source, how come you don't face your paper the other way? When I set up my studio at home, it's usually facing a window and then, I'll add my umbrella kit. I always figure more light the better.

I think you can lower your light source a bit more, because if you look at the first picture you can see some shadown underneath their neck etc.

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"EL2" wrote:

Just curious, you have a window, which is a great light source, how come you don't face your paper the other way? When I set up my studio at home, it's usually facing a window and then, I'll add my umbrella kit. I always figure more light the better.

I think you can lower your light source a bit more, because if you look at the first picture you can see some shadown underneath their neck etc.

I do normally set up my seamless at an angle to that window but 1) I rearragned the room and now my set-up doesn't fit as well and 2) the sun had pretty much gone down, so I wasn't getting any outside light in on this (it was almost 7:30pm) I had to use major high ISO and bumped up the exposure greatly in ACR to get that pull-back shot to even look remotely OK. But I do plan to use the window light and the OCF together, just wasn't able to have natural light on this one occasion.

Thanks for the suggestion on lowering the light. I'm just now starting to figure out how to change the the power setting on the flash. Didn't even realize the functionality on that thing (didn't come with instructions Smile )