I've just seen that Amateur Photographer this week has an article on using Single flash !
That was well timed, I hope that provides some interesting info.
All the best Doug
Thanks Doug. I appreciate the head's up - bought a copy on the way home from work. Cheers Derek
Here is an example of a 'still life' taken with 'flash'.
Nikon D300, Manual exposure, Nikkor 160mm F10. 320sec. ISO500, two Nikon SB800's one directed into a brolly to camera right at 7ft and 45degrees, and one with a blue gel and 'gridded' to camera left, which was pointed at the background. The background is in fact an old 'projector screen' which also sometimes serves as a large reflector. I'm sorry but I can't remember the flash settings, but, I used the Nikon CLS controls from the D300's built in flash.
That's good, I like that Derek. Very atmospheric.
Nice photos you should be pleased with those, were you learning Southern Man (Neil Young) or Strange Fruit (Billy Holliday) !!
Thanks guys. A third one, mono, from last night, too. Yep, quite pleased that I was able to get the intended result in between songs, with only half an eye and half a brain on the photography.
Two good songs, there, Dougson. Both in my record collection but not in the set. Mostly originals last night.
Another good photo, Derek it gives the impression that it's lit by a table lamp which to me evokes a feeling of a personal performance
by the artist. Your coming on leaps and bounds,well done.
Try listening to Katy Sagal singing Strange Fruit & another song is an old Bob Dylan no, Girl from the North Country from the Album Songs of Anarchy from the Sons of Anarchy TV series
You should find them on You Tube.
Cheers Dougson. I took a couple of these to my photography evening class tonight and they were very well received. On the last one I posted I had the flash on the table just in front of Sid - right at the place where a table lamp would be. It does work nice.
Yes, Girl From The North Country, played it many a time. I have a couple of favourite versions - one is by a English fingerpicking guitar player called Jim Crawford and another is by Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. Great song.
Here is another still life, this time a bowl of fruit. This was lit by one Nikon SB800 bounced out of a Westcott Double Fold 43" Brolly. This was placed behind the bowl at about 60 degrees to camera right and 30 degrees looking down. Fill light was obtained by using a foldable 'silver windscreen reflector shield' to bounce some light into the subject at front camera right at 45 degrees from the viewers position.
Usual Techie stuff. Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm F5.6, 1/250sec, ISO200, M/Mode Center weighted average, auto white balance. Post processing in PhotoPlus X5 and Nik software.
Nice one, Phil. I think I'll have to get a shoot-throw brolly and a stand sometime. Not going to do it until I'm in a position to shoot other folks regularly, and at the moment I'm a long way from there. But one day.
So for now, it's more of me :-)
This is another selfie, but instead of going for the black background, this time I've angled the flash up and to the left to try and replicate natural light, albeit in this room the window was actually on my left hand side where the shadows fall here.
Won't be much time for flash experimenting this weekend - gigging tonight and tomorrow!
Have a great weekend, just got back after a week in North Norfolk and the the skies are filled with WW2 fighter aircraft getting ready for Duxford , Flying Legends Airshow .
I'm going Sunday (Happy Days).
Hi Doug. That'll be brilliant! Enjoy :-) It's Fairford airshow this weekend, too - I've seen and heard a few jets heading over in the general direction. I'd love to go, but (a) the tiny little lanes get chocka and I'm not fond of traffic jams, and (b) I have prior appointments like gigging Saturday and sleeping Sunday. Just got back from this evening's gig - was meant to finish at 10:00 but folks kept calling for more so we played until 10:50. Fingers and throat are sore now! But great fun.
Derek. If you have a sheet of white A4 paper, that will be OK as a reflector to bounce some fill light back into the left of Bambi and the Buddha. Your flower shot is just fine as it is.
Nice work, Derek. I agree with Phil - all you need is a soft reflector.
Nice photo's Derek as your using a white background your getting light reflected back on to the dark side which is giving a more rounded and three dimensional image on both of your objects, but just for your own benefit try using a white paper as a reflector or for that matter a black card and one with Silver foil attached.
As I said I think it's fine as it is, but it will give you a benchmark with the other reflectors as to what they can bring to the party.
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Thanks guys. For added interest (or, at least, added information), the little home-made light-box that I used for these last few is shown below. Didn't cost a penny to make and great fun for these types of picture. The one of the Panasonic camera below didn't use any flash - just daylight softened by the tracing paper I taped to the cut out sides of the cardboard box.
EDIT: Even the daisy above was taken inside this box. As it has no bottom you can place it over flowers in the garden - even reduces wind-shake! Just need to catch a sleeping frog now.
Very nicely done. I need to get back at my flashes and do some more experimenting.
I quit my job back in May and have started my own company, finding time for anything for myself is getting scarce.