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Hello,

Can anyone give me some pointers i should take note of when taking portraits? I only have a consumer level lens and a SB-600. How do I make use of 1 flash to achieve good lighting results? I will be shooting in the afternoon, any help?

Any help would be appreciated.

TIA
 

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do you have a omni bounch?

it have that will be easier to do fill in flash...try not to do in the afternoon...maybe late afternoon when the sun is not so harsh...
 

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do you have a omni bounch?

it have that will be easier to do fill in flash...try not to do in the afternoon...maybe late afternoon when the sun is not so harsh...
Yes i have an omnibounce. How do i go about properly lighting up the model, or cast light correctly using a flash?
 

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Using of omnibounce, lightsphere, bounce card or any other flash diffusers depends on lighting conditions and how far u are away from your subject.

Previously i have tried shooting with my lightsphere directly with my model around 6 feet away from me and produced underexposed shots. So i direct flash and it solves the problem.

If u're shooting outdoors it's no point bouncing flash unless u're using a bounce card. So it's either direct flash with a diffuser or direct flash itself.
 

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Hello,

Can anyone give me some pointers i should take note of when taking portraits? I only have a consumer level lens and a SB-600. How do I make use of 1 flash to achieve good lighting results? I will be shooting in the afternoon, any help?

Any help would be appreciated.

TIA
If you're gonna shoot in a sunny day, forget your omni bounce. Omnibounce is not useful if you don't have a ceiling or wall around you. Omni bounce would cause you to lose light. Unless you're going to shoot at a distance of < 1.5 m, usually any greater, you add omni bounce and you will notice that your flash can do almost nothing..
 

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slow sync flash tilt 45deg or 90deg side bounce the flash using gold of soft white reflector..can set at any angle u like to get a better photo. also...no need the flash, just use the big reflector.:bsmilie:
 

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So the sun should be casted on the models at an angle?
Depending on what you want, if the sun is at the side of the subject, you will have shadow on the other side which can be overcome with an off camera flash. If you want a silhouette effect than have the sun behind your subject as mentioned by Snoweagle.
 

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Then are there any advice on how to get my models to pose if they are not professionals one? I havent shot portraits much so I also dunno how to get models to pose. :cry:
 

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Then are there any advice on how to get my models to pose if they are not professionals one? I havent shot portraits much so I also dunno how to get models to pose. :cry:
I do quite a bit of portrait photography.

And I tell my models to please stop posing like models.
 

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I do quite a bit of portrait photography.

And I tell my models to please stop posing like models.
the last time i did one my models were quite stiff and are not used to a camera pointing at them, how do I as a photographer overcome this?
 

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the last time i did one my models were quite stiff and are not used to a camera pointing at them, how do I as a photographer overcome this?
Talk to them more... get them to relax first before the shoot...
 

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One very impt thing abt shooting models is that u've to communicate well with them and let them be comfortable with u.
 

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