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Joseph William

Posts: 2027

Chicago, Illinois, US

-JAY- wrote:
Gridded BD


40" umbrellabox:


86" PLM


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

Do you use multiple flashes in your modifiers? And how do you keep them from blowing away?

Nov 30 12 05:58 am Link

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Ed Woodson Photography

Posts: 2644

Savannah, Georgia, US

I have quite a few outdoor portraits that utilize my speedlite.

Shot at around 6AM,  ISO 800, 1/500, f/4, 84mm.  Canon 5d Mk2 w/EF 24-105 f/4L  Single speedlite mounted in the hot shoe

http://i876.photobucket.com/albums/ab324/EdWoodsonPhotography/IMG_2879.jpg

Shot at around 6PM.  ISO 200, 1/25, f/4, 65mm.  Canon 5D Mk2 w/EF 24-105 f/4L.  Single speedlight mounted in the hot shoe.

http://i876.photobucket.com/albums/ab324/EdWoodsonPhotography/IMG_4492p-810.jpg

Nov 30 12 06:12 am Link

Photographer

Ezhini

Posts: 1601

Wichita, Kansas, US

SB800 through an umbrella:

http://www.ezhiniartanddesign.com/Cassandra.jpg

Nov 30 12 06:58 am Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Joseph William  wrote:

Do you use multiple flashes in your modifiers? And how do you keep them from blowing away?

Usually just the one. I think all the images I linked were single units. And I keep them from blowing away the same way everyone else does with any kind of flashes. a) don't shoot in windy situations or b) weigh everything down.

Nov 30 12 07:27 am Link

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eyefocusimages

Posts: 217

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

All my outdoor shots are with speedlights. Usually an SB700 on hotshoe as CLS controller and to provide catch lights and a small amount of shadow fill (1.5-2 stops down from main light). One or two remote CLS SB900s.

This one had SB700 on camera with SB900 into reflective umbrella close to the models right side:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121114/12/50a3fec066ea6_m.jpg

SB700 on camera, SB900 into small soft box close to model on her right, SB900 with blue gell near ground behind model on her left:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120301/07/4f4f8f144d1f8_m.jpg

SB700 on camera, with SB900 with snoot on models left:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120925/09/5061d6a2d4d8c_m.jpg

Nov 30 12 07:42 am Link

Photographer

David Gaar

Posts: 843

Burton, Texas, US

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

one speedlight, kleenex modifier

Very nice, Karl.   Great work.


I have some ideas spinning around in my head to play a bit with longer night exposures, flash on model, and then painting the environment with light and additional flashes.      Should be fun.

Nov 30 12 08:44 am Link

Photographer

VisiFoto

Posts: 501

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

Manual speedlite shot through an umbrella on the left:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120911/21/50500b06141d7.jpg

Sunpac 3000 TTL speedlite without overheat protection and without modifer on the left (blew up at the end of the shoot):

http://www.modelmayhem.com/2705302#29800969  (18+)

Nov 30 12 06:27 pm Link

Photographer

SPierce Photography

Posts: 19792

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Ezhini wrote:
SB800 through an umbrella:

http://www.ezhiniartanddesign.com/Cassandra.jpg

Love this- fantastic lighting on her eyes!

Nov 30 12 06:28 pm Link

Photographer

Darin B

Posts: 998

San Diego, California, US

I did a bunch with a single speedlight, camera left, at burning man this year.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set … 268dd49d53

Couple examples.
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/391635_10152074031785307_834666918_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/392412_10152073913920307_1703440950_n.jpg

Nov 30 12 08:57 pm Link

Photographer

Shoreline Pictures

Posts: 91

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speedlight through 18x24in. gridcloth from left. Backlight was the sun.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121107/12/509ac5ba78868_m.jpg

Dec 01 12 07:50 am Link

Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

Stephen Kui Photography wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111107/16/4eb876b67ddc6.jpg

On-camera flash bounced up n down

beautiful!

Dec 02 12 11:33 pm Link

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Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

Flex Photography wrote:
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

great work!

Dec 02 12 11:35 pm Link

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Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

Ezhini wrote:
SB800 through an umbrella:

http://www.ezhiniartanddesign.com/Cassandra.jpg

love the catch lights

Dec 02 12 11:42 pm Link

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Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

Coogan Photo wrote:
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

We have a winner... excellent use of speed lights and just what I was looking for

Dec 02 12 11:49 pm Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Nikon Sb800 in a 36" octabox

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121202/02/50bb2bc686b57_m.jpg

Dec 02 12 11:57 pm Link

Photographer

Fred Greissing

Posts: 6412

Los Angeles, California, US

Here's a couple...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3267/5859273502_9720b64711_b.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100208/21/4b70f8850d968.jpg

Dec 03 12 12:12 am Link

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fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2789

Fresno, California, US

Dec 03 12 12:56 am Link

Photographer

R Michael Walker

Posts: 11986

Costa Mesa, California, US

18+ image shot with my D800 and on camera SB800 with a Fong Diffuser attached. The unit is tripod mounted to use a slow shutter speed to capture the ambient light.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30035016

Dec 03 12 01:18 am Link

Photographer

GM Photography

Posts: 6102

Olympia, Washington, US

It's been a while since I shot this, I think it was a single Sunpak 383, bare flash 18+ http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/23688437

Dec 03 12 06:22 am Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6555

Martin, Tennessee, US

550 w/mini sb off camera

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100703/07/4c2f4d6eecdcf.jpg

Dec 03 12 06:30 am Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22390

New York, New York, US

Speedlight Nikon SB 26 handheld by assistant 90 degrees to the right of me. Off camera flash behind me triggered assistants flash at the bottom of the stairs.

My camera on tripod... don't remember exposure time and settings, but it was already night.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/060507/18/445e86a81b098.jpg

Model: Mekdes Habte (Ethopia)
MUA: Kevin James Bennett

Dec 03 12 06:33 am Link

Photographer

FEN RIR Photo

Posts: 719

Westminster, Colorado, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120326/10/4f70a0af59ca9.jpg

Dec 03 12 07:37 am Link

Photographer

David Gaar

Posts: 843

Burton, Texas, US

Fred Greissing wrote:
Here's a couple...

Very nice.

Dec 03 12 05:13 pm Link

Photographer

Robert Lynch

Posts: 2484

Bowie, Maryland, US

One light on a stand through umbrella to camera right and one bare light on a Voice Activated Light Stand behind model and to camera left.

http://images.exartica.com/Verona01024-600x750.jpg

Dec 03 12 07:11 pm Link