Thursday, November 13, 2008

Outdoor portraits continued Preserving the background

This is a continuation from yesterday's post. In this first picture I did not want to miss the beautiful sky created from the sunset.

I set the camera in manual mode and pointed the camera at the sky to check the exposure. Remembering the exposure I set-up the flash off the camera and pointed it to my subject. I lowered the output of the flash [Nikon SB-800] by a few stops. [I had to experiment with the settings to ensure proper exposure.] The camera was set to commander mode which enabled me to fire the SB-800 remotely using the on board flash as a 'trigger' flash for the SB-800. If your camera does not have this capability, there are other affordable alternatives. Years ago, I purchased a small 'remote' simple flash from Ritz for $20 or less that fired when another strobe fired. You could not modify the output but it was great to use for fill flash. Another alternative is to use a cable that connects your camera to your flash which enables off camera flash capabilities. [I will discuss this technique in future posts.]

The final settings on the camera was f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 400. I shot this using my Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 17mm.

In this image I experimented with my flash off camera on a light stand I had it positioned to my left pointed to the subjects. The camera settings are very similar to the first picture.

19mm, f/6.3 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 800.

Have fun and experiment with light.

No comments: