Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Portraits

Last night, I went and shot Prom photos for a group of my friends. I used my dad's 50mm and his speedlight with a diffuser for fill flash.

It's amazing how much better portraits turn out when you have a good focal length and some fill flash. I kept thinking back on these. Not that they were bad, I just didn't have the equipment to make them as good. Especially as I was paid for this job, etc. I felt that it was extremely important to deliver great results.

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Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm

I'm happy with how they turned out. The backdrop could have been better, but it was the only area around the house I could find that had suitable lighting. But the colors, skin tones, and faces turned out great.

I guess this means if I'm planning on doing any kind of paid portrait work in the future, I need to pick up my own speed light and diffuser.


  1. Great photo, and great work. Is it tricky working with the speedlight?

  2. I didn't have any trouble with it, but I basically only knew one application for it. Never tried using it directionally, or as a slave with a lightstand, etc. I just put it on my hot shoe and triggered it with the camera.


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