Experimentation - Light & Special Effects

February 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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!

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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

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I also did some Smoke and a couple tabletop lighting by a penlight....

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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

 


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