New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

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I'd love general CC on how I can improve this. It was my first time attempting a "slow shutter" during a wedding. This was about 20... (show more)
Exif Data
  • 85.0 MM F/1.4
  • f/7.1
  • 85mmmm
  • 2.5 seconds
  • 100

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Loving the sharpness on this shot, thanks for uploading it with such amazing detail! I love the blur you achieved in the water with that shutter speed, very well done! Is the shot a single frame with just the lighting on the couple, or did you have to composite it with a faster shutter speed to avoid them looking blurry? Because if it’s a single shot it looks impressive because they held so perfectly still for 2.5 seconds, and if it’s a composite, well, you did an amazing job putting it together!

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    • Brandon Toma

      Thanks Matthew, this was a single shot, sorry I messed up on the shutter speed for the upload. it was actually 0.4 seconds.   I never thought of doing a composite, I think that might help a lot to make them sharper.

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    Matthew Saville

    My main critique whenever these types of wider, deep-depth-of-field shots pop up i, that the framing has to be perfect, otherwise the subjects start to “connect” with the background. In this case, the more you look at it the more the palm tree in the background “touches” their heads. Unfortunately in a scene like this it’s hard to differentiate the subject from the background, although maybe increasing the rim light could have done the trick. Another sneaky thing you can do is add a 2nd flash behind them, and turn it around to actually illuminate the background, but that usually only works if you’re going for a silhouette and not illuminating them brightly.

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    • Brandon Toma

      Thank you for your advice. I now see what you are saying about their heads and tree. I will try to watch out for objects in the background. 

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