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The unplanned shot

May 1st, 2009

Closeness, originally uploaded by Camera Eye Photo.

So you spend an hour with a family posing for various portraits. The shots turn out nice, but then you have a little moment like this. The father had to calm down the daughter who was starting to get a little restless, and I just happened to capture it.

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Seamless white background (well sort of)

February 6th, 2009

This was my first attempt at a shot with the seamless background style. In reality, by background was actually an off-white muslin material. Sometimes you have to just work with what you have, and this was one of those times.

To pull this off, I setup 2 Nikon SB-80 flashes on the left and right sides of the backdrop. They were placed just behind the subjects and wood panels were placed against the flashes to block excessive light spread. The SB-80s were both fired a full power. The main light was a Sunpak MS-4000 monolight fired at full power with a shoot through umbrella. It was placed camera left just beside me. The result almost looks like a seamless, and certainly would even moreso with some retouching.

Many thanks to Zack Arias who provided the inspiration and some technical knowledge.

Phil and Rhonda

Phil and Rhonda

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