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    I stumbled upon a very nice article about a photographer being asked/assigned to shoot a portrait photo of, what else, a President of a nation. He details his experiences on how he handled the photoshoot, but I'm much intrigued by his camera setup (or rather, how inexpensive his gears are).

    • A Canon EOS 40D (can be had fro cheap used, nowadays),
    • 2 color-gelled Speedlite 580EX IIs,
    • Cactus V4 triggers - just your typical eBay triggers, no fancy/expensive PWs or Pixels here.


    Replace the EF 50mm f/1.2L lens (which, straight from the horse's mouth, is Canon's biggest shame) with another equivalent or better lens of similar focal length, and you find yourself that his setup is no less expensive than most hobbyists here can do.

    An inspiring post for new strobists to take note, and to vaccinate most newbies from the BBB syndrome by eschewing more expensive gears for something that can be had for cheap.

    http://www.kareldonk.com/karel/2010/...e-of-suriname/
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    Default Re: Shooting a President on a Budget

    the lighting set up is good, however, no offend intended, I will skip using the hair light on this subject.
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    Thank you for sharing. It shows what lighting can really do for your subject
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    the lighting set up is good, however, no offend intended, I will skip using the hair light on this subject.
    using the term hair light is already offensive.

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    the Halo light is important

    "....But then I thought what if the yellow light would come from above? ........Obviously that could add some more meaning to the picture in a spiritual sense. ........ By carefully positioning the flash I could also make the yellow light fall on just his head and shoulders......."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    the Halo light is important

    "....But then I thought what if the yellow light would come from above? ........Obviously that could add some more meaning to the picture in a spiritual sense. ........ By carefully positioning the flash I could also make the yellow light fall on just his head and shoulders......."
    a kicker light will do fine, a hair light will only "highlight" that area which the President may not want people to pay too much attention with.
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    Default Re: Shooting a President on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    the lighting set up is good, however, no offend intended, I will skip using the hair light on this subject.
    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    using the term hair light is already offensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    the Halo light is important

    "....But then I thought what if the yellow light would come from above? ........Obviously that could add some more meaning to the picture in a spiritual sense. ........ By carefully positioning the flash I could also make the yellow light fall on just his head and shoulders......."
    i think ed used the correct term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    the lighting set up is good, however, no offend intended, I will skip using the hair light on this subject.
    oh... i've jus seen the result.

    i would follow ur lead too.
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    I would keep the hair light. Whats a kicker light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacePhoto View Post
    I would keep the hair light. Whats a kicker light?
    From this website:

    "Kicker lights, also known as rim lights, accent the edges of the subject. Kickers are usually placed just out of view and, behind and slightly to the right or left of the subject."
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    Default Re: Shooting a President on a Budget

    Thanks for sharing! haven't ventured into off-camera strobes yet but an interesting read on the setup

    btw... your title a little sensitive in the era of terrorism...
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