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How We Shot It: Panoramic Portrait Using Wireless Flash instead of HDR bracketing

By Matthew Saville on February 7th 2013

In one of our recent tutorials, we talked about how to decide whether or not it is a good idea to shot bracketed images and create an HDR.

In this situation, I strongly considered using an HDR technique to help expose for my subjects’ faces.  Why?  Well as you will see in the video, it was very difficult to be able to place a flash, as my subjects and I were both perched up on a rock ledge!

Sometimes however, bracketing is not the best answer; flash is.  In this tutorial, we will look at the tricks I used to set the flash and get this shot before the sunset light faded away.



The Scene:


The Lighting Diagram:


The Final Panorama:



In a future video we may delve into the processing of this image, if you are interested.  Unfortunately, a warning beforehand: I probably spent hours and hours fine tuning this original shot that I created years ago.  However we can still get into the essential skills of panoramic merging.  There are also plenty of tutorials on Panoramic HDR techniques in our HDR Workshop DVD, which you can read about by clicking HERE.

Take care, and happy clicking,
=Matthew Saville=

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. José Soriano

    Excellent work! simple and awesome. I would like to know when can I use a light modifier and when to use a bare flash.

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  3. Joel

    Nice work – could you explain a bit more about the flash setting at 40ft? I didn’t quite get that – Did you set your flash on your camera to get a proper exposure then mount it to a lightstand? I have a 580ex

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  6. jasonw8photo

    Nice shot and nice work.  

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  7. Danielle McCann

    Gorgeous shot, Matt!!  Thanks for the video! :) 

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