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Old Nov 7, 2008, 5:34 PM   #11
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Would you please take a few moments of your time and explain as much as you care to about the lighting and other mechanics of these photos?

The lighting appears to be perfect and yet you're outdoors.¬* I really struggle to shoot outdoors and I'd love to be able to produce this kind of quality.

Thanks¬*
My set up is simple:

(1) a powerful 200mmF2.8 lens (Pentax L grade lens) which is sharp wide open and extremely sharp at even F4 . The net effect is that the background will be blurred up resulting in a paste of creamy bokeh.

http://photo.net/pentax-camera-forum/00PbW5


This was done at F3.2 with direct single flash 10 ft away
http://www.pbase.com/danieltong/imag...2/original.jpg

I believe you are shooting Canon and its 70-200mmF2.8 or 135mmF2.8 or Sigma 70-200mmF2.8 will be able to have similar effect. I am used to using long lens to obtain sharp subject and creamy bokeh.


(2) use direct fill flash at a distance of almost 12-15 ft away which will be very much tamed but good enough to bring out details of the subject.

I think John , the moderator gave you good advice as well in the posts you made earlier.

I am interested in taking portrait very closed to ( just below) studio quality but without the hassle of doing the set-up like use of reflector, multiple flash or strobes.

I am still exploring though.

Also invest in great lens - the best you can get. Camera bodies come and go. 6 months after it is out the price will drop 40%. Lens is something that you keep and no harm done in getting the best

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Old Nov 7, 2008, 5:49 PM   #12
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I really struggle to shoot outdoors and I'd love to be able to produce this kind of quality.

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This series was done outdoor as well with same 200mm lens and direct fill flash. Majority done at around F3.2 -F4


http://photo.net/pentax-camera-forum/00QSxX





These were done at F4.5 to F5.6

http://photo.net/pentax-camera-forum/00Q1Sy

As you can see, for long lens the background will still be blurred up even at F5.6 . With shorter lens like traditional portriat lens (at 50-80mm) , the background will be overly sharp and distracting at F5.6


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