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Recently visited the Islands of the Bahamas for a destination wedding. Spent time in Nassau/New Providence and The Exumas.

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Kasakato wrote: Ahh, excellent, thanks for the link. Ill have a look though the pictures now. Just curious, do you have to pay for the spot?
No, we're paid.
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klam: Really nice shots! Is that guy feeding the sharks? It looks like there is a blue pole with something attached to it in the water.
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tma888 wrote: unbelievable shots!
you clearly captured the emotions and even added a sense of isolation and
solemness to the shots!

i am your new biggest fan Spencer. can i be your student? :cheesygri
As I am perusing his shots, I was thinking to myself..."how can I get Spencer to adopt me for a few weekends???"

Awesome shots, I wish I could capture my 3weddings like that!
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zoomzoom wrote: klam: Really nice shots! Is that guy feeding the sharks? It looks like there is a blue pole with something attached to it in the water.
Thanks, the blue thing is actually a rope with some fish bits tied at the end. The man was trying to bait the sharks so that he could pull it ashore.
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Sorry, not LensBaby. Was tilt-shift lens.
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sfu_engineer wrote: So I was contacted to do headshots recently by a friend of a friend who wants to be an actor/model. I haven't really done any actor/model headshots so I had to scour the web for information on how to take a head shot. I looked around for a bit but couldn't find much. The best I could find was this website resource:

http://www.headshots101.com/index.html

But this website was mainly geared towards actors/models learning about how to find a headshot photographer and how they can get prepared for the actual day. Not much meat for us photographers. Anyways, I ended up just looking at headshots done by EXPENSIVE (ie. GOOD) photographers and mixing up my own spin on things.



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Nice shots. For your last shot here; did you place the strobe directly behind him and shoot full power through a diffuser umbrella to create that effect?

An OT question but how do you strobists guy shoot your flashes in sunlight? I was wanting to try something with my strobes but I can't get my camera to shoot in 1/200 at the minimum aperture for the sync of my Rebel (mine syncs up to 200) in daylight. Am I going to have to wait until it is darker or could I use a Graduated Neutral Density filter?
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Asad_A203 wrote: Nice shots. For your last shot here; did you place the strobe directly behind him and shoot full power through a diffuser umbrella to create that effect?

An OT question but how do you strobists guy shoot your flashes in sunlight? I was wanting to try something with my strobes but I can't get my camera to shoot in 1/200 at the minimum aperture for the sync of my Rebel (mine syncs up to 200) in daylight. Am I going to have to wait until it is darker or could I use a Graduated Neutral Density filter?
Hi to get that shot I just had a large window behind my subject. I over expose the background and it becomes nice and white. Sometimes you may need to make the subjects face lighter by using a flash or a reflector. In this case I just used Adobe Lightroom.

Your camera limits your sync speed (ie. max shutter speed when using a flash). On most cameras it is between 1/200th of a second to 1/250th. Older cameras like the Nikon D50, D40, Canon 1D can do 1/500th, but if you attach the flash with a remote trigger you can actually do up to 1/1000th of a second!

What you will find when using flash in the middle of the day is that this sync speed isn't enough to keep the bright ambient sunlight from overexposing everything. Normally you can just set your shutter speed really high like 1/4000th or something, but with the limits of flash sync speed this is impossible. You will have to do a combination of the following:

1) Lower your ISO. But there are limits to this as most cameras only go down to ISO 100 or 200.

2) Use a smaller aperture, instead of F2.8 you will now need to use F11 or smaller! This means that you're going to get way more depth of field (not as good for portraits), and your flash has to work harder to light the subject.

3) Use neutral density filters. Has the same effect as lowering the ISO.

4) Wait till it gets darker. As it becomes darker your max sync speed will become adequate to over power the diminishing sunlight. Sometimes you just don't have the time to wait. Another way you can work this into your shoot is if you shoot somewhere that has shade!
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klam wrote: Recently visited the Islands of the Bahamas for a destination wedding. Spent time in Nassau/New Providence and The Exumas.
I love all the RFD'ers wedding shots! ;)

I wish I was as good as all of you in weddings.

Where do you all learn?
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sfu_engineer wrote: Hi to get that shot I just had a large window behind my subject. I over expose the background and it becomes nice and white. Sometimes you may need to make the subjects face lighter by using a flash or a reflector. In this case I just used Adobe Lightroom.

Your camera limits your sync speed (ie. max shutter speed when using a flash). On most cameras it is between 1/200th of a second to 1/250th. Older cameras like the Nikon D50, D40, Canon 1D can do 1/500th, but if you attach the flash with a remote trigger you can actually do up to 1/1000th of a second!

What you will find when using flash in the middle of the day is that this sync speed isn't enough to keep the bright ambient sunlight from overexposing everything. Normally you can just set your shutter speed really high like 1/4000th or something, but with the limits of flash sync speed this is impossible. You will have to do a combination of the following:

1) Lower your ISO. But there are limits to this as most cameras only go down to ISO 100 or 200.

2) Use a smaller aperture, instead of F2.8 you will now need to use F11 or smaller! This means that you're going to get way more depth of field (not as good for portraits), and your flash has to work harder to light the subject.

3) Use neutral density filters. Has the same effect as lowering the ISO.

4) Wait till it gets darker. As it becomes darker your max sync speed will become adequate to over power the diminishing sunlight. Sometimes you just don't have the time to wait. Another way you can work this into your shoot is if you shoot somewhere that has shade!
Thanks for the tips. I guess I might need to wait till around dusk until my filters get here.
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klam wrote: Thanks, the blue thing is actually a rope with some fish bits tied at the end. The man was trying to bait the sharks so that he could pull it ashore.



Sorry, not LensBaby. Was tilt-shift lens.
Those three shots you posted from the bahamas are just stunning, I love the use of the lines, and shapes, and all the technical details you put into your stuff.
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Here a couple test shots against a white wall we did of some models in their change room.

I'm still working on the stuff we did from the main shoot. But that one shot is killer. I promise. ;)

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sfu_engineer wrote: Here a couple test shots against a white wall we did of some models in their change room.

I'm still working on the stuff we did from the main shoot. But that one shot is killer. I promise. ;)
hey, nice stuff..what lighting did you use here? just a hotshoe flash from the upper left? or did you have some other form of softbox/umbrella set up?

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