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  • 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 t…
  • 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 …
  • 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 ligh…
  • 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 photogra…
  • 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 …
  • 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 "…
  • Hi, RS - thanks for the input. Easily addressed is moving the people away from the wall, as you can see this in the shot with only four people in it. I had the room to do so, and I think it to be a pretty good photo. I was in a single-screen movie …
  • Thanks, Jay. The issue was that the platform was only about 12 feet deep, and because it was a few feet off the ground, putting the light stands on the floor would not have worked (7-foot stands). So really the only place to put them was out towards…
  • OK, Trev and RS, thanks for the help.
  • Trev - Really?? Thanks for the warning! Even if I have my watermark on them?
  • Trev - The reason I don't take the plunge is I do very little with off-camera flash at the events I shoot. If I do anything, it's a "step-and-repeat" type where the attendees pose for a photo or two with the featured guest. One time a real-estate ag…
  • Trev - Thanks. I may go ahead and set one up. Like I wrote, it may be in the form of a blog of some sort - "blah, blah, shot an event yesterday, blah blah, great time, here are a few shots, here's the link to the album, etc......" And, change a port…
  • Trev - Thanks. The reason I asked about TTL is because of the price difference. One of these days I'm going to move on from speedlites to something like what you have, and wondered if the extra expense is worth it. Dave
  • One question: when I attempted to create a new account, I was given the choice to create one for business. If I were to do that, is this where they they try and get you to pay? Thanks - Dave
  • Trev - does this unit have TTL capability? If not, do you find that you miss it? Dave
  • I was going to ask about a Facebook page in a new thread, until I remembered this one. My thought about having a FB page would be to post (in not so many words) "hey, last night I photographed this great event for so-snd-so, here are a few pictures…
  • Thanks, rs, I appreciate the time you took to respond. I'm almost exclusively doing events, so I'm not setting up any off-camera lighting except for when there are formally-posed photos in front of a backdrop. So, I'm always bouncing my flash. I t…
  • Hi, Jay - Obviously, photography is incredibly subjective. But aside from your worry that the photo is blowing apart at high magnification, if the shot you posted is SOOC, I should have such problems. I didn't download it, or do anything besides cl…

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