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  • Not sure how you would bounce outdoors in a situation like this with 100 people. I was in a situation last December, where I was photographing a cocktail hour in a room at the top of the main tank in a large aquarium. The walls and ceiling in this r…
  • Michael - I was also interested in what you are interested in. "CanonJay" replied he does use this technique, so for me it wasn't some guy with an odd approach. On this forum, following Neil, direct flash is a no-no. This guy had a Gary Fong Lightsp…
  • Hi - Many of the night-time dance-floor photos from my daughter's wedding had a firing Speedlite in them. I wouldn't know how or where you would place them to avoid this. I guess you just accept it. Some of them actually look kind of cool, but others…
  • Thanks! I'll give it a shot later ....
  • Jay - I have a section in my agreement where I ask to discuss how the photos will be used. If people are sharing through email, social media, etc., I go for 150 pixels/inch, 1500 pixels long edge, and 100% quality. When I deliver, I include a note th…
    in Outdoor Wedding Comment by dbruno May 5
  • Hi - We got a look at the photos that were available through download. The most important thing is our daughter and new husband loved the photos. These were not advertised as "proofs", and I'm sure if you could order prints, it was more of a "you do …
    in Outdoor Wedding Comment by dbruno May 5
  • rs: I can't answer what the photographer was doing, if he was shooting in manual, or why the flashes were in manual. With no experience ever seeing a setup like this, I only wanted to know if he was a kook. Dave
  • I have a full-time job, and I work 3-4 events a month. I know how much time it takes for me to cull, develop, process, and deliver photos from a 3-4 hour non-wedding event. I deliver in 5 business days. I'm sure this guy was a full-time pro, but I c…
  • Thanks, Jay. I will be interested in seeing some of this guy's photos using this method. On a related note, he used another technique which I really didn't care for, what I refer to as "Miami Herald!!". He would walk along the outside edge of the da…
  • Jay - How do you go about using bounce flash in the situation I described - an outdoor wedding, flashes in the corners, and on-camera flash as fill? What do you bounce into if there are no "walls" or "ceilings"?
  • Hi, Jay - Thanks, and it's nice to hear that this wasn't some oddball-way of doing things. Something I will keep in mind if I have to do any sort of event like this. What do you do with the on-camera flash as far as a modifier? In thinking about it,…
  • This has little to do with my questions, but I was in error when I wrote my Speedlite didn't have a PC connection - it was the Canon 600D camera I was using. Update - now that I've looked at the 70D manual, I have no idea what he connected his radio…
  • Thanks, Neil. It's the first time I've really ever taken someone's photo like this. Usually it's Veronica Hedley who sits, patiently I might add, for me. Dave
  • My wife was kind enough to sit still for a few minutes, and she helped me a bit. I would appreciate any comments. I feel like the hair light could be stronger or placed better. So it's a Speedlite in a 24x24 softbox in front; gridded Speedlite on a …
  • Hi, rs - Thanks. In another thread, I responded to Neil. My daughter lent me her older laptop with a 15-inch screen. The remote-shooting stuff is on the CD that came with the camera. I was just playing around again with it. I have been able to get th…
  • Hi, Neil - thanks, I might try it. Right now, the Canon EOS utility which came with the camera is working well. My daughter's old laptop has a 15-inch screen, and things are going well. I believe there is an option to save the photos to the computer …
  • I got it, false alarm. It was in the EOS Utility Disk. Just hooked it up, and took some photos. Now I need a longer cord. Dave
  • Thanks, Neil. But, it's going to be nearly impossible for me to shoot tethered. I know why you suggest it, but I just don't have the means to do it. I don't have anything to display the photo. I have a Canon 6D, and *possibly* access to an iPad. I k…
  • Thanks, Jay. So, do you have the main light off to one side so you can get a couple of different lighting styles by positioning the person? This is a really incredibly basic question: so the "kicker" is off to one side, as opposed to the "hair light…
  • Hi, Trev - Nice to hear from you! My concern was that, being a full-time employee for a company, if I were to claim business expenses, it would look as though I was claiming them for that work (which there are none) instead of the part-time photograp…
  • Hey, Guys - It looks like a Turbo Tax product will work for me. I can file my personal and side-business tax returns in one lump. Someone in support walked me through it. I was able to claim what I thought I could claim, and brought my tax liability …
  • Neil - always great when you post something that I've read before. I then read it again, and it becomes just that much more instructive as I photograph more and more events, and can reassure myself I'm not really going too far outside the boundaries.…
  • Been following this. Even though I'm not a Portrait Photographer in any sense, in another financial life I would like to get a studio-type strobe. The power recommendation you give I will keep in my head.
  • Neil - Yes it was a bit of a physical limitation, but every time something like this goes awry, I learn. Higher up and closer in, and pull the people away from the backdrop. Next time. This was really odd though. I knew it was a shadow, but it was j…
  • Thanks, RS. In my head, it's a bit of a conundrum. I know to calibrate, and you are right - when the photos leave you, they are as right as you make them. But I do wonder - and this goes to repeat business, etc - if the client sees them and thinks "U…

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