April 21, 2011

model – Ulorin Vex

A favorite image from today’s workshop in San Francisco – an on-location portrait of our one model, Ulorin Vex.

The light from the softbox delivering a mere touch of fill-flash. Most of the light is from the available light coming down between the buildings on this street. I framed her against the background of those shafts of light on the side of the building, to give a slightly enigmatic backdrop.

other articles on Tangents, featuring Ulorin Vex

change your position, change direction of light  (Ulorin Vex in red)
- mimicking window light with flash  (Ulorin Vex in lace & latex corset)
directional light from off-camera bounce flash  (Ulorin Vex, Monaco foyer)
high-key studio lighting / portraits – with Ulorin Vex
high-key studio lighting (part 2) – with Ulorin Vex
review: Westcott 7? Parabolic Umbrella (model: Ulorin Vex)
review: Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Light – (model: Ulorin Vex)
video clip: photo session with Litepanels Sola 4 lights – w/ Ulorin Vex
using a neutral density (ND) filter to control DoF with flash
camera & flash settings: what do you want to achieve?


equipment used with this photo

Nikon D3;  Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S II (B&H)
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight controlled by PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver & AC3 Controller
or alternately, the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite controlled by Canon ST-E3 Transmitter
Lastolite EZYBOX Softbox Kit (24″x24″) (B&H)


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1 Adam April 22, 2011 at 6:57 am

Hi Neil, Great shot. Quick question, did you use manual or TTL flash for this shot? any FEC if using TTL?




2 Pat Reynolds April 22, 2011 at 7:24 am



3 Stephen April 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

Nice. Looks like a fashion photo. :-)


4 jess b April 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

Love her! Great shot :)


5 Anggi April 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

When I saw this image, first thing I had in mind. WOW!!!
So much dynamic in this image, totally different than what you do normally.
Looking forward to see more of your work.


6 Azim April 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hey Neil,
Love you stuff, got your first book, should have second book delivered this week. Have been trying your techniques with good success! THANK YOU. Have a couple of quick questions, not sure where to post, but I’m sure you’ll point me in the right direction. Situation: Shooting in a large hall, Large window at back, small windows around the sides and tungsten lighting. 20-30′ ceilings. Mostly concrete walls. Morning shoot. Gelled the flash with a 1/4 CTS. Nikon D300 with SB900 on camera. Looking at the pictures after the event- it looks as though the white balance has changed as I moved around the hall. Have you seen this? How do you compensate on the fly?

Again, love your stuff, when are you making it out to Seattle, or better yet, Vancouver Canada??



7 Neil vN April 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Azim … this will happen. I generally gel my flash with 1/2 CTS when working indoors, and then I adjust my WB during post-processing of my RAW images. With such a scenario where the WB changes during an uncontrolled event, then there isn’t much more to do than rely on the latitude of the RAW file.Then you can fine-tune the image as far as possible during post.

Re off-topic discussions – the Tangents forum is designed for that.


8 Philippe Wiget April 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

Beautifully lit this portrait! I also like a lot how the background light plays and is balanced with the foreground.


9 Grayden Provis April 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

Doesn’t get better than that. Look at how the angles of her shoulders, chin and hair work off the angles of the light in the background. And the overall monochrome feel of the whole thing punctuated only by the splash of orange. Thats perfection in my book.


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