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Urban Girl

By LesleyJ  
Met with my friends daughter Ashley today. I wanted to try some off camera flash and she was very willing to play. It was great fun and we got lots of looks and people walking slowly past to see if she was someone they should recognise. I had more fun saying things like - so is the ok for the album cover or do you want to try something else. I am such a kid at heart. As always cc and advice always welcome. Thanks for looking

Tags: Strobist Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2011 9:35PM
A nice portrait shot Lesley - I also enjoy off-camera flash work, and like you, enjoy the attention that the model I'm shooting, and I get from passers by who are wondering if it's a celebrity being photographed.
I'm assuming you had the flash gun mounted on a stand? If you have the available resources, it would be worth investing in a brolly - either a white shoot-through type of a white or silver reflective type which has a black outer. This will enlarge the light source, which will lessen the highlight caused by bare flash light. Lastolite dobrollies I mentioned, and an adaptor for your stand that allows a flash gun and a brolly to be mounted together. You will attract more attention using a brolly Smile
Looking at the shadows and highlights in your image, try bringing the light source closer to where you're shooting from - say 30-45 degrees round from your position. This, especially with the brolly, will light your subject face very nicely, and will also lessen shadows you have down your subject's arm. It will also create catch-lights in your subjects eyes which looks very attractive.
Hope this info is in someway useful...

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