Well, my lighting gear came in!! In addition to what we talked about before I also added a Rogue Flashbender (small) a Background stand with some clamps and a set of Close Up Filters I have not purchased any "official" backgrounds as I am gonna continue to test and learn using the boards and sheets that I have. Once I have a clue what I am doing, I may invest in more professional backgrounds.
(Background Stand not in picture)
So, what have I done you ask??? Several items actually! And what is that you say?? Well let me show you!! :)
First up, I attempted to photograph water droplets spasling in a pool of water! I used my new Triggers and the Yongnuo 560II. The Yongnuo was mounted on its stand on the table.
Here is a shot of the setup....
And here are some results!
Then I photographed some bubbles!! This was a lot tougher to get the lighting right and not spill on the backgrund.
And here are some of the results
I also did some Smoke and a couple tabletop lighting by a penlight....
It has been fun and a real learning experience. All of the settings have been in Manual mode for both camera and speedlight. As a result, I have developed a much better understanding of lighting with Speedlights. The Bubbles had me using 2 speedlights and my lights stands with umbrellas. I also took some shots of candle flames and tried the Close Up Filters. They seemed to work decent for what they though I only did a couple quick tests.
I have a couple projects coming in that include a couple "Food" shots for a contest and I need to try a couple simple portraits with the backdrop stand. I am also still doing my Dailey's for Nikonites and with the weather lately have posted up a few night shots taken on my way to work.
I am enjoying the learning and while I am a long ways away from the better folk, I know in my mind that I am much improved over what I was a few short months ago. Practice, Practice Practice!!!
Get out with your gear and try something new and different!! It is fun!
Pat in NH