Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I know this child is going to cause me a lot of heart break and bring trouble my way as she matures, so I'm getting my knives and handgun out so that I can make sure any little boys with impure thoughts setting foot in my house will be able to see my proud arsenal and my obvious willingness to use it when tempted. I know this is still down the road a ways, but I like planning ahead.
In any case, since she was all dazzled up I thought this was a good opportunity to snap a few photos of her. Please understand that this is not a difficult task because Lexi is always ready to have her photo taken. She's actually quite the model imho.
43" Westcott Double fold shoot thru umbrella to camera right. I had the power set to 1/8 on my flash and I set my shutter speed to my fastest, native flash sync speed to 1/250 sec to nuke the unwanted ambient light in the room. I picked an aperture of f/5.6 just because this seems to be my go-to aperture for portraits indoors. It gives me plenty of depth of field to hold focus through both eyes, and the larger aperture also allows my flash to work less hard. (I'm certain that's not good grammar, but I ain't no Engrish teacher). This enables me to shoot as fast as I want and the flash will keep up with me, recycling quickly.
shoot thru umbrella. It creates such a beautiful, soft, wrapping light and its so easy and quick to setup that I have one with me on every single shoot I do. As a matter of fact, I usually have several.
The shoot thru umbrella won't do everything I want my lights to do, but if I could have only one light modifier with me, that would be the one.
These portraits couldn't be any simpler and I absolutely love the soft light and the highlight-to-shadow transfer area as it falls gracefully across her face.
David Hobby would faint. ;)