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  • Lou, Here is a PDF guide, 100 Techniques for Professional Wedding Photographers (published 2009) that I have, and although it's not quite the question specific you posed, I think you could benefit from it still with lots of information (120+ pages…
  • Yep, agree rs_eos, once one flash 'sees' another fire, that flash will take into account the light coming off and vice versa, then you end up with a dark image because both flashes are countering each other. Put both in manual, and not only will t…
  • Jay, If you look at even 100% and it does not 'look' good on screen, there really is nothing to worry about, view the image @ 50% (I never go 100% regardless of all the 'gurus' out there and Adobe giving us 'reminders' to look at 100%) as a full re…
  • That is a matter of personal choice. You could set it on different WB presets, or manual, but once in RAW it looks different when opened and using the Camera Profile choice is what will decide along with what you also choose to adjust in the WB on t…
  • Dennis, Here is SOMETHING I wrote for Tangents Forum a while back which may help, (for RAW files though, not jpegs, etc.) Cheers.
  • Sounds like a pretty good deal Dave. :)
  • Dave, To be quite honest, those LR posted Edits are quite rare to me and was only a sample to show you, because I do 99% of full edits in Photoshop though an action I use which controls Color, Contrast, Contrast Boost, Sharpening. If you say, push…
  • Quin, Good to see. Here is another top tip, you can control (to a degree) what you can lighten but retain the midtones/shadows on the image (hard to do because ALL adjustments in LR are global - over all the image). You can just move your cursor…
  • Dave, Just realised, I should have shown you precisely 'as shot' and if you were a jpeg shooter you would have got this straight from camera. In the general scheme of things it looks fine, but when compared to a full 'edit' of RAW + PS sharpening…
  • Dave, Here it is. This is file with no adjustments and NO default sharpening, in LR with WB 'As Shot'.   Flat and horrible, no crispness at all, and certainly needs adjusting. This shows the Mask I use to protect skin: This shows the Amo…
  • This site (Australian) shows the one I have (picture at bottom of page) and you see the blue button to push once all the batteries are loaded to discharge. http://www.master-instruments.com.au/products/59401/NC8700.html It gives some figures on ho…
  • Daubs, I use the 8 pack Eneloop's own charger, which has a blue button I press if I want to do a full discharge/recharge, or just pop them in and they start charging straight away. The Charger Dave said above I hear is pretty good also, just that …
  • Hi Daubs, Couple of things. 1] Shutter Speed, 500th? You are in High Speed Sync territory there and I presume the flashes picked that up automatically, being D3s. 250th would be plenty there for sure. 2] Are you sure the flashes recycled fully, a…
  • Dave, Good effort. One thing I did notice and I know many do not know or don't use, but you have greater control also under the 'Tone Curve' Palette Tool Box, in there you have Lights/Darks/Shadows/Highlights and they give added better control in …
  • Dave, As long as the spotlights are not 'uplight' (Hollywood Horror Lighting) or you are directly beneath them since you will have very savage 'racoon' eyes for sure. If you are in a pinch like I have been on a couple of occasions, just guys with …
  • Lou, You can also in the menu set up the 'Joystick' on back of camera so you just toggle the focus point around with your thumb when composing. Have you used that, it's all I do personally and quick to use when going from landscape to portrait.
  • You should have, unless it's an old one, all scanners these days it's almost automatic to save as jpeg or PDF. If you have an all-in-one  Printer/Scanner/Copier machine you most certainly will have that option.
  • Dave, If you have Photoshop, you can open a PDF file in there, then save as jpeg. When you scanned it, did you not have the choice of saving as jpeg first up, surely?
  • David, Thanks for the trust in sending me the pics, they are stunning. Gorgeous girl, stunning location, great composition/poses, lighting is absolutely superb, and editing spot-on, could not have shot/edited any better than you did. :) Trev.
  • Just one more tip. Make sure you set a high enough shutter speed (unless you are going full HSS with the Profoto) @ 250th and rest settings to get the ambient, that way, to keep the background where you want it as it gets darker, all you need to do…
  • Dave, the reason I am posting these 'sunset' shots are so you can see it's not really that difficult, as 'sunset' can come in all types/shades/angles to give you inspiration mate. This shot, sunset quite late, around 5.50 pm but you can see I posit…
  • Here is one of the best 'sunsets' I have ever captured as far as sunset and stormy dark/moody goes. Sunset on camera left, dark stormy clouds rolling in from camera right looking out over a bay. This was shot around 20 mins after sun had dropped b…
  • Yep, no more, no less in ease of use, but you can try some different WB settings, around 5800/6000K, depends on how the model looks, all can be adjusted in post anyway. And if you are comfortable enough and have PS CC, you can even have your "I am …
  • Love it. Do you have a Patent on it yet Dave. hah!
  • Dave, Yes, it would, that's why I do not gel when I have the couple with their backs to the sun, I set WB to around 5600 normal temp, and light them up with a flash and the flash I have gives out light around the 5600K mark, so it's a perfect match…

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