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Old Nov 10, 2015, 7:10 AM   #1
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Here are some shots of my youngest daughter in her costume for her dance school concert. Taken with the E-M1 and my cheap Chinese Studio Lights in my garage (three 160w studio flashes & three small umbrellas).

Actually smoked one of them while taking these shots (fried a capacitor). Want to get something better eventually, higher output and some soft boxes, but these have been good to play around with.

Take it easy on me as portrait photography is definitely not my forte and not something I do a lot of.

















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Old Nov 10, 2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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Look nice. Studio lighting, flashes, really anything other than ambient natural light is an absolute mystery to me. I know the basics of where to set them up from my video production days but all the technicals are unknown.

#2 looks a little darker in the face than the others to me, but what do I know.
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I'm with Sammy here, but Tom, I think you should do more portraiture; these are quite nicely done of your beautiful young daughter.
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Very nice shots Tom and your daughter is so cute..!!

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How can you go wrong with such a lovely subject in front of your lens. And truth be told, I would stack these up against almost any portrait studio shots. Nice work
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I would say you've nailed the lighting with this set up. Really cute daughter too!
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I would say you've nailed the lighting with this set up. Really cute daughter too!
I agree.
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Old Nov 22, 2015, 3:12 AM   #8
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Thanks for looking everyone and for not being to hard on me
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Old Nov 24, 2015, 11:17 AM   #9
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TG, I started out the same as you, using umbrellas.

Keep an eye out on B&H. I picked up a pair of these guys ($90 each): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...all_strip.html and though they aren't the best construction (compare against softboxes costing three times the price) they're doing pretty well for me so far.

They don't come with a speed ring, and I wasn't about to pay $100 each, not knowing what strobes I'd eventually use (I currently I use 1x Nikon SB900 + 2x Nikon SB600), so I cut a little block of wood, roughly the same size as the opening, drilled 4 holes for the flex-rods that give the softbox its shape, and a hole in the back the same size as my SB600s. Add an angle bracket and a nut, screw the contraption onto the same stands I use for my umbrellas, jam the SB600 into the hole (friction fit), and for $10, I turned two, cheap, $90 softboxes into a decent studio setup. If you have different sized/shaped flashes, cut a different size/shaped hole in the block.

Sure, it's a DIY, but they work perfectly! Maybe this would work for you.

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Sorry about the clarity of the picture, it's the only one I have handy (on my phone)

(Edit: Oh, I see that you're in Australia. B&H has pretty good international shipping rates. I'm in Canada and shipping, including taxes/fees/brokerage was $20, but I'm not sure if that deal would extend to places overseas)

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TG, with the new 4.0 firmware, you'll need to try doing this with the camera in S-OVF mode, where the E-M1 adjusts the EVF to act more like an optical viewfinder.

I don't know if you are using manual exposure to set up these shots (assuming you are), but doing that with a finder simulating an optical finder no matter the exposure setting could be a much nicer experience, if it works like I am hoping it does.
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