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Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

Let's see your best outdoor Portraits utilizing speedlights and explain your set-up if multiple lights are used.

Nov 29 12 08:35 am Link

Photographer

Select Models

Posts: 36234

Upland, California, US

Here's one... speedlight mounted on a tripod about 30 feet away on the right of the subject... filtered sunlight coming in the tunnel from the left... SHODIRE in the Mt. Baldy blast tunnel... wink

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/GaryAbigt/Sho30-1.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:05 am Link

Photographer

Dan K Photography

Posts: 5466

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

all my outdoor shots are with cheap speedlights (YNs)

This is one of my favs. Just one bare speedlight camera left.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120710/14/4ffc9b5bb103b_m.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:09 am Link

Photographer

Justin Bonaparte

Posts: 257

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Here's a recent one, Yongnuo 560 thru umb cam R:
http://www.pbase.com/jfinite/image/147357358/original.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:10 am Link

Photographer

Matt Throop Photography

Posts: 233

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120816/13/502d57b496c10_m.jpg

Main light is camera right. Rim light is camera left behind the model.

Nov 29 12 09:17 am Link

Photographer

Alien LiFe

Posts: 846

San Francisco, California, US

I used several speedlights on this one. 2 inside the softbox, camera right, one each, left & right 45 degree behind her to outline her body & to light her hair. And another flash (with CTO) to give those grasses & some trees some warm color ...

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121026/21/508b5e1a52994_m.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:17 am Link

Photographer

Kaouthia

Posts: 3152

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

"Best" is subjective, but this is one of my favourites from a couple of years ago.

SB-900 in a 43" octabox on a boom held above her and to the right a bit by my buddy John standing knee deep in the freezing cold River Lune. smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110805/02/4e3bbc78ad2a3.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:17 am Link

Photographer

Taurus Studios

Posts: 360

BRONX, New York, US

Vivitar 283 bounced into small white umbrella above lens axis.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121023/07/5086acad99a64.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:25 am Link

Photographer

Joseph William

Posts: 2027

Chicago, Illinois, US

all of my outdoor stuff is with flashes (but mostly also with a ABR) all bare... Wind is an issue for me no matter how many sandbags I use...

this is just a sb800 and a sb900

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120421/07/4f92c44521c83.jpg

Nov 29 12 09:26 am Link

Photographer

Ryan McNab Photography

Posts: 121

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120911/17/504fd76e8ee59.jpg

SB900 on hypersync no modifiers about 10 feet away aperture fairly wide open.

Nov 29 12 09:36 am Link

Photographer

Ezhini

Posts: 1601

Wichita, Kansas, US

Justin Bonaparte wrote:
Here's a recent one, Yongnuo 560 thru umb cam R:
http://www.pbase.com/jfinite/image/147357358/original.jpg

Well done. I rike it a rot.

Nov 29 12 09:43 am Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6708

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Gridded BD
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc3cb8905b_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc429a7312_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc44b0563c_m.jpg

40" umbrellabox:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc471f11b4_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc3d7dd1f5_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120416/18/4f8cc43d516f3_m.jpg

86" PLM
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120617/13/4fde42623e501_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120617/13/4fde40f363c6f_m.jpg

I think all of the above were YN460II flashes... might be a Sunpak 622 tossed in there somewhere.

Nov 29 12 10:47 am Link

Photographer

David Gaar

Posts: 843

Burton, Texas, US

Alien Life and Jay, I always find your work to be particularly interesting and inspirational.

A few of my own...

SB800 with 1/2 CTO in Orbis ring flash knock-off.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120916/14/50563ff8a42de.jpg

and,

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120916/11/50561a7496da7.jpg

and:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091213/13/4b256050bb43c.jpg

Nov 29 12 12:39 pm Link

Photographer

Stephen K Photography

Posts: 144

Sacramento, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111107/16/4eb876b67ddc6.jpg

On-camera flash bounced up n down

Nov 29 12 12:47 pm Link

Photographer

GCobb Photography

Posts: 15897

Southaven, Mississippi, US

Vivitar 283 to my right just a bit along with ambient lighting as the kicker.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100926/22/4ca0291ee0014_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/10 … 0014_m.jpg

Nov 29 12 01:02 pm Link

Photographer

John David Studio

Posts: 1724

Fort Myers, Florida, US

Canon 580 EX II Camera Right Bare Head
Canon 430 EX II Camera Left Bare Head
Trigger STE-2

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100901/19/4c7f0b17588dd.jpg

Nov 29 12 01:13 pm Link

Photographer

DennisRoliffPhotography

Posts: 1928

Akron, Ohio, US

http://dennisroliff.com/samples/web/katiel_0572.jpg

Nov 29 12 03:15 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ArtistryImage

Posts: 2845

Washington, District of Columbia, US

recent capture... Nikon i-TTL balanced fill-flash

http://www.restonstudio.com/images/Kelsey/Kelsey_8766_01_web.jpg

Nov 29 12 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110719/12/4e25e1d138b25_m.jpg

one speedlight, kleenex modifier

Nov 29 12 04:00 pm Link

Photographer

Tim Little Photography

Posts: 11598

Wilmington, Delaware, US

This was shot with a Canon Rebel 300D. I had a Sunpak 383 Super mounted on a Strboframe.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2218/2270038371_19d6763394_b.jpg

Nov 29 12 05:00 pm Link

Photographer

- BP Photo -

Posts: 224

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Nov 29 12 05:06 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ArtistryImage

Posts: 2845

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Tim Little Photography wrote:
This was shot with a Canon Rebel 300D. I had a Sunpak 383 Super mounted on a Strboframe.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/070521/23/46526525e1e75_m.jpg

truly elegant gown, stunning silhouette, cut and finish... totally love the color harmonies here...

Nov 29 12 05:27 pm Link

Photographer

Narme Fotografia

Posts: 151

Richmond, Virginia, US

Here is one with a Vivitar 285 on a boom arm, bouncing off a white reflector.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120522/19/4fbc4a65e3f8a_m.jpg

Nov 29 12 05:39 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28011

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Canon 430 EX

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120301/18/4f502a20c17fe.jpg

Nov 29 12 06:38 pm Link

Photographer

PhotographybyT

Posts: 7693

Monterey, California, US

Single speed light with shoot through umbrella, camera right, about 8 ft. from model.

http://m9.i.pbase.com/o2/79/804579/1/144058609.duNkOkK2.P2142528b.jpg

Single speed light with shoot through umbrella, camera right with umbrella about 7 feet up pointing downward with stand maybe 3 ft. from model. She was laying on a log about 3 ft. off the ground and I was standing on the log as well.

http://m5.i.pbase.com/o4/79/804579/1/122441155.vZNqwazq.P2201944b.jpg

Single speedlight - no modifier, camera left. Model was on a lower part of slight graded trail which made the light source seem higher. I had to practically sit down to get the shot at this angle.

http://m6.i.pbase.com/o2/79/804579/1/144990866.TQKpQPUq.P7037199.jpg

Nov 29 12 06:40 pm Link

Photographer

Flex Photography

Posts: 5297

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

1 SB-800 - assisted by sun that had set for back lighting

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080902/23/48be0870389cb.jpg

1 SB-800

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091003/21/4ac826623d19e.jpg

Nov 29 12 07:33 pm Link

Photographer

PhotoPower

Posts: 1368

Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location shooting with speedlights is the most exciting photography. It's the most exciting to shoot, and the results are the most exciting also. You cannot bring big lights to a shoot with a llama at the ocean unless Sports Illustrated is footing the bill! Master the speedlight!!

Nov 29 12 07:36 pm Link

Photographer

Photoarray

Posts: 235

Crown Point, Indiana, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110710/20/4e1a735e178ba_m.jpg

Canon 580ex II with umbrella to the back of the car.
Canon 580ex II with softbox lighting up model on left.
Radiopopper triggers.

Nov 29 12 07:43 pm Link

Photographer

Fine Art Exposures

Posts: 31

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

18+ http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30377487

One 580 EXii shooting through a EzyBox 8 feet away in the boat.

Setting sun, background light.

Cheers
Ben

Nov 29 12 07:45 pm Link

Photographer

Azimuth Arts

Posts: 1490

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Single speedlight at about 30 degrees right of camera, not sure how far out, maybe about 12 feet.  I think this was only the second shoot I did with an off camera speedlight (had an MUA/assistant that day)

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121024/15/50886ae1a72b2.jpg

Nov 29 12 07:46 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7249

New York, New York, US

One speedlight.on camera... 91]http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120805/11/501ebc849c7ff_m.jpg[/url]

Nov 29 12 07:57 pm Link

Photographer

T A R I K

Posts: 1246

BRONX, New York, US

Sb800 about 5 feet from subject. Ambient light over cast sky with ISO 200 Shutter about 60 sec, f 8 and the flash set on manual kicking out f 4-5.6


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090628/12/4a47c8fb34007.jpg

Nov 29 12 08:01 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9459

Santa Barbara, California, US

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8111639766_cd582fde9e.jpg
Not my best but most quickly available I could link to at the moment...

Straight speed light on a tripod, nothing altered in post.

Nov 29 12 08:04 pm Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4122

Alexandria, Virginia, US

SB800 on a boomerang bracket as main, balanced with daylight

sun as hair / rim light

daylight / environmental character preserved

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120414/19/4f8a3825141fa.jpg

Nov 29 12 08:09 pm Link

Photographer

bmiSTUDIO

Posts: 1734

Essex Junction, Vermont, US

Basketball portrait for a fitness magazine editorial. One speedlite on a stand with umbrella, positioned to mimic the sun's angle.

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo251/bmimages/45-1.jpg

Nov 29 12 08:20 pm Link

Photographer

Tim Little Photography

Posts: 11598

Wilmington, Delaware, US

ArtistryImage wrote:

truly elegant gown, stunning silhouette, cut and finish... totally love the color harmonies here...

Thank you Thomas! That is very nice of you to say!

Nov 29 12 09:35 pm Link

Photographer

Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8065/8229499988_71c7bcc002_c.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8063/8232083502_0ac01128e8_n.jpg

Nov 29 12 11:23 pm Link

Photographer

Matt Duke

Posts: 121

Cypress, California, US

Off camera speedlight and shoot through umbrella.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120922/00/505d6e61d86b6_m.jpg

Nov 29 12 11:36 pm Link

Photographer

Coogan Photo

Posts: 820

Phoenix, Arizona, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110910/20/4e6c2678057f5_m.jpg
2 SB-800s on TT5 Pocket Wizards
6x6 white Scrim Jim camera right (left of subject)
This shot was done in the rain.


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/03/4dfb3181a69ab_m.jpg
4 speedlights in a medium Chimera (camera left)
4 speedlights in a medium Chimera (as edge light)
4 stop ND on lens

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/02/4dfb1e601e056_m.jpg
4 speedlights in a medium Chimera,
4 stop ND on lens


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/02/4dfb1ebbe7593_m.jpg
4 speedlights in a medium Chimera
4 stop ND on lens


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110617/02/4dfb20ab0fc84_m.jpg
Nikon CLS


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080914/12/48cd3d07a8dcc_m.jpg
4 speedlights in a medium Chimera

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080804/22/4897b6f25643f_m.jpg
4 speedlights (if I recall)

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080331/07/47f0cea6326f2_m.jpg
2 speedlights in a medium Chimera for main light
1 speedlight in the back to create shadows towards the lens

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080319/06/47e0ef3e4f507_m.jpg
2 speedlights in a medium Chimera for main light
4-6 speedlights in the shot to create multiple highlights and hairlight

Nov 30 12 12:26 am Link

Photographer

Jamez

Posts: 241

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100406/15/4bbbb28210c10_m.jpg

All shot with 2 speed lights in manual bounced off umbrellas, hand held by assistants. The flare's are speedlights.

Nov 30 12 05:43 am Link