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    Default shooting friends this weekend (need help)

    i have
    2 x 500watts studio flash
    1 x soft box rectangular
    1 x soft box octagonal (BIG)
    a set of honeycombs
    a couple of big reflectors
    9 feet backdrop.

    i need to shoot about 4-5 pax.
    casual informal shoot.

    intend to do half body instead of full.

    i have a couch that sits 2.the rest should be standing.

    what's the best way to shoot them?
    i need advise on light placement.

    any advise please?
    Last edited by jeanie; 22nd February 2007 at 09:13 AM.

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    wah...95 saw this and no replies ah?
    so sad...

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    u lost your charm...

    anyway u already know what u wanted... 2 sitting, 3 standing... rest is up to your creativity. but then 1/2 body shot, u think ppl will see if they are sitting?

    as for your flashes, 500w isn't really powerful, and moreover, u got 2 with different effect. i think the easiest setup i could think is use the rectangle 1 on a high stand overhead 45degree down on the chair giving a wider spectrum since its 1/2 body, then the octagon 1 as fill in from either side.
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    Just shoot and post pic for us to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    u lost your charm...

    anyway u already know what u wanted... 2 sitting, 3 standing... rest is up to your creativity. but then 1/2 body shot, u think ppl will see if they are sitting?

    as for your flashes, 500w isn't really powerful, and moreover, u got 2 with different effect. i think the easiest setup i could think is use the rectangle 1 on a high stand overhead 45degree down on the chair giving a wider spectrum since its 1/2 body, then the octagon 1 as fill in from either side.
    very good point you made.made me rethink my posing strategy.

    so in the above example you quoted, the shot will produce shadow right, although there's a fill.

    thanks for your tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff49er View Post
    Just shoot and post pic for us to see
    must plan b4 shoot mah.
    else i will only show the crappy pics and kenna slam from DP.for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    very good point you made.made me rethink my posing strategy.

    so in the above example you quoted, the shot will produce shadow right, although there's a fill.

    thanks for your tip.
    thats when metering using a light meter comes into play... u got a light meter?
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    Erm....you must be kidding....the setup is like pro liao and still ask us to give you comment You can become our guru liao

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    what's the best way to shoot them?
    i need advise on light placement.

    The best way is to invite other photographers along for TFCD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt View Post
    thats when metering using a light meter comes into play... u got a light meter?
    yes i have.minolta autometer 4.very old liao but still do the trick.

    i notice it tends to give slightly overexpose by a stop, compared to my friend's sekonic L-dunno-what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Erm....you must be kidding....the setup is like pro liao and still ask us to give you comment You can become our guru liao
    are u referring to me in this post?

    if so, setup like pro=?
    you mean the equipment?none are mine.
    equipment pro but i newbie noob noob in studio.

    if not, ignore this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmodel View Post
    The best way is to invite other photographers along for TFCD.
    my room lei....very personal one lei...only close friends and relatives allowed wor....

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    easiest way is with 2 umbrellas for nice soft even light
    if you try to be too creative with your lighting

    it might be right for one but bad for another person
    so create problems for you to solve

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    yes i have.minolta autometer 4.very old liao but still do the trick.

    i notice it tends to give slightly overexpose by a stop, compared to my friend's sekonic L-dunno-what.
    send your meter for servicing... else if u know its consistent, then u just under 1 stop everytime...

    after thinking, since with my suggestion of putting the light 45degree up, you can also put the reflector on the floor to direct some light back up... since its 1/2 body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    yes i have.minolta autometer 4.very old liao but still do the trick.

    i notice it tends to give slightly overexpose by a stop, compared to my friend's sekonic L-dunno-what.
    time to buy a sekonic
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    my room lei....very personal one lei...only close friends and relatives allowed wor....
    wahh... your room sounds big for such a setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by silver.wolf View Post
    wahh... your room sounds big for such a setup
    u simply dun get it...

    never underestimate the wrath (wealth) of jeanie....
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    u simply dun get it...

    never underestimate the wrath (wealth) of jeanie....
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    Quote Originally Posted by silver.wolf View Post
    paisei lah .... me juz a wolf in the well
    me also not anything better...

    [Haro in the box] Haro Genki...
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    There are 2 option:
    A.
    1. Place 1 500W/s (full power) w BIG soft box octagonal as the main light, position i.e on the right side between you & object (but closer to you).
    2. Place your couple of big reflectors (I hope white color) on left side (close to object), act as fill light.
    3. Place the other 500W/s w soft box rectangular as hair light on the left side, behind object.

    B.
    1. Place 1 500W/s w soft box rectangular above your camera +/- 1m as the main light
    2. Place your couple of big reflectors below between you & object close to object.
    3. Place 1 500W/s w BIG soft box octagonal above - behind object (you must use boom light) as hair light.

    Actually difficult to explain. The best way is I draw the lighting placement, or we must meet lah.

    OK?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    i have
    2 x 500watts studio flash
    1 x soft box rectangular
    1 x soft box octagonal (BIG)
    a set of honeycombs
    a couple of big reflectors
    9 feet backdrop.

    i need to shoot about 4-5 pax.
    casual informal shoot.

    intend to do half body instead of full.

    i have a couch that sits 2.the rest should be standing.

    what's the best way to shoot them?
    i need advise on light placement.

    any advise please?
    Last edited by bpmphoto; 23rd February 2007 at 09:40 AM. Reason: forgot the reflector

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