Day 24 of my portrait challenge.

If you are new to my blog you may have missed the 23 days preceding this one.

At the end of February, I decided to take the next 30 days to focus on one area of my photography to improve. I challenged myself to take a portrait each day with a different light setup using my current flash and strobe system.

The last 24 days have been a whirlwind of modifiers and lights, and I am so glad that I did this. I am becoming much more comfortable with my gear and able to troubleshoot problems much more quickly.

I am returning to last night’s modifier by using my large reflective umbrella once again.

The Setup

I positioned the umbrella at a 45-degree angle from my subject, the middle of the umbrella was almost level with her eyes. I added a black panel to the left of the image to give some shadow and depth to her face.

For this next image, I removed the black panel at camera left. I did not notice much (if any) difference and I think I should have had the panel closer to her or maybe a larger panel.

For the final image, I turned off the background light.


Lessons Learned

  • I don’t need an hour to make a portrait and I can work much faster than I thought.
  • Setting up the lights 100% beforehand is a massive help for completing the session quickly.

Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, this was my fastest session for this challenge so far. I needed to get my kids to bed but I am so glad I went ahead and took these pictures as I think this light holds a lot of promise. I might be in love with this modifier. Who knew?

I think it needs some fine tuning but it is definitely a setup I plan on revisiting.

Onward to day 25.

Happy picture taking!


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