Shots in the bathtub

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KatieWillis's picture
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Shots in the bathtub

Any advice for taking photos in the bathtub of my kiddos? I tried last night and they were horrible. I had to raise my iso to 800 and got a lot of grain. There was also NO light in their eyes. I'm guessing a speed light would have helped. Is a speed light worth it to buy?

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I have trouble with bathtub shots too... The lighting is just weird and it's coming down from a weird angle and comes down from above their eyes and really doesn't work. I haven't tried tub shots in a while, so I can't even remember if I've done it since I got the speedlite, but I do think it would really help. I was afraid I would never want to use the speedlite, but then I got it and I am sooooo glad I did. A lot of my pictures of my kids are indoors and I just don't have ample light, especially in the evening. I don't know what I did before my speedlite!

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A speedlite would help. I still hate my bathtub shots, but they're much better than they were. lol

AmberBella's picture
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Yes, a speedlight is really the best way to get good light in the bathtub unless you happen to have amazing natural light in your bathroom.

Here is an SOOC bathtub shot using speedlight.


IMG_2125 by amberbella, on Flickr

And to show the available natural light in the bathroom. That window in the photo is the only window and it's right above the bathtub. HORRIBLE light in this bathroom! The only way to get decent light is with the speedlight.

Again....sooc

IMG_2384 by amberbella, on Flickr

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Amber, what do you set your white balance to? That's my MAJOR problem is the darn white balance. Not to mention, there isn't a window in the kids' bathroom...

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Wish I could remember. The exif data shows that I shot with manual white balance. I don't know what temperature I had it set to...probably 5200K or 6000k...but if your tub is white it's usually pretty easy to fix the white balance in post. I probably did an across the board white balance fix in Lightroom for all of these before converting them all from RAW to JPEG. I took these pictures almost 2 yrs ago, so I just don't remember.

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Thanks Amber. I think that most of my WB problems are because of the light being on.

LoriLoo's picture
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my speedlite is the best thing I have bought, i swear! Well, not for professional photography per se, but just for my indoor family photography with my kids. If you ever take pictures inside, fancy DSLRs arent worth the money you spend on them unless you get a speedlite, IMO.
without:

With!

both are sooc shots i did of my friend real quick to show her the value of a speedlite.

KatieWillis's picture
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Yeah, looks like I need a speedlite Wink Thanks ladies!

Muddee's picture
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You make me want a speedlite even more. Yeah having a DSLR is going to cost me a lot of money!

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This post is going to make me broke! lol
Katie, I have been trying to pick either the canon 430exii or the master 580exii. The thing is(and i'm new at this so I could be way off) That I want the 580 because in the future I would buy the other speedlite and then I would have the master to control it. Then I figured why not just get the cheaper one now because what would be the point in having the master if I did not have a slave unit. Maybe the master is way better on itself not sure but I am asking for the 430exii for my bday in april and then maybe looking at the master down the road. Hope you get one first so I can ask you questions when (okay if) I get mine:)

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Ya, I have to agree. A speedlight is a great investment even if you use it to just improve your snaps. I don't even know how to use mine "correctly" but it makes a HUGE difference in indoor lighting.