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Old Nov 9, 2006, 9:35 AM   #1
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Here's my neice again... She saw the picture of my nephew that is my avatar and wanted to take some pictures like that... so here they are. Taken with externalflash aimed straight upwith an index card being used for a bounce card. Got the backdrop fabric at Wal-Mart on the Clearance rack for $1 a yard. I kinda like how these shots came out, if only I could have got her further from the backdrop to achieve the very shallow DOF I like to see in portraits.
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Great shots, Nick. An external flash does the trick, ne?

Hmm.. what's the use of a bounce card? If you're already bouncing off the ceiling?


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Nice ones Nick! I actually like no. 2 because it was shot while she was turned slightly at a quartering angle to you! A tiny bit of shadow behind will give more depth!

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That camera looks so huge in her hands! It reminds me of my pictures of my daughter as a toddler messing around with our old Commodore 64 computer. She's 24 now and gets along very well with computers. Maybe your picture is only the beginning, and years from now you will have pictures of your niece where the camera looks a lot smaller in her hands.
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Thanks En and Dawg... It's always fun taking pictures of her, I actually took a couple portraits of my wife and her sister, but it was more or less to kill the last few shots on a roll of film so I could go get it developed(I don't believe in developing partial rolls of film, just seems too much like wasting money) If they come out decent I will post those too.

En, The bounce card directs more of the light towards the front of her body much like a direct flash would, but the bounce card results in much softer light.
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Hmm... do you have a picture of your setup I could look at?

Also, doesn't just bouncing the flash make the light softer?

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Yes, bouncing the light off the ceiling does make the light softer but it casted a bad shadow up under the camera that she's holding. The bounce card directed some of the light to the front of her to cancel out some of the shadow casted by the camera she is holding.
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That camera looks so huge in her hands! It reminds me of my pictures of my daughter as a toddler messing around with our old Commodore 64 computer. She's 24 now and gets along very well with computers. Maybe your picture is only the beginning, and years from now you will have pictures of your niece where the camera looks a lot smaller in her hands.
I honestly think she will definately be on the other side of the camera, not behind it. She loves more than anything to have pictures and video taken of her. She likes being in the spotlight.
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Ah. Okay. I'll just have to practice when I get my flash...
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