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Senior Portraits are a lot of fun. Kids get to be who they want to be for a few hours showing off their hobbies or other interests and parents get great photos of their children at a major milestone in their lives. In this video I explain how I used two strobes to enhance the available light in this scene as well as how to get nice blurry backgrounds in your portraits. Keep Shooting!

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0 # Jeff Shapiro 2012-10-17 09:06
Wow it's been awhile missed your videos. Love this one thanks for taking the time to still continue doing these. I had asked you awhile back how you get your images so sharp and you sarcastically said make sure you have proper focus. I have to say I recently purchased a D3s and I have to say my images are much sharper than any other Nikon Camera I have ever used (D3100, D90, D5000, D7000 and D700). I also own a D800 and the images are sharper on the D3s (maybe my D800 is one of the "bad" ones).

Anyway thanks for posting this video!
Jeff
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0 # Don 2012-10-17 11:18
Great video. I love that little highlight that the second strobe provided. If the hair were totally black on that side it would have looked much more flat. One question I have is when you process an image like this for blemishes or spots you don't care for, do you do that prior to converting to B/W? Or are you handling that after the conversion?
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 11:40
Doesn't matter in Lightroom AFAIK.
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0 # Lance 2012-10-18 00:23
Great highlights in the hair however she is way too pastie white for my liking
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 11:40
I think its perfect, thats why I put it up that way!
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0 # Sabe Majeen 2012-10-18 01:14
Greg....nice video. I'm wondering what you may have done (if anything) in post. Also, I'm wondering how,far you were from the subject and how,far the flsh on the right was. Thanks!
Sabe
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 11:41
Prob 5 feet to left of her was the strobe, I don't remember how far I was from her.
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0 # Mark 2012-10-18 02:38
Hey Greg,

Thanks for the video, great portrait! You mentioned that the sun although diffused by some overcast cloud was from above. Can you remember from what position or angle in relation to your subject......pe rhaps referenced via the clock positions? Also a small favor....would it be possible to perhaps include a set up diagram or graphic for future posts of this nature outlining the position of any natural light sources in addition artificial sources, any diffusion used and approx height?

Thanks again and keep up the great work that you post. You are certainly a welcomed credit to the photographic community!

Cheers
Mark
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 11:42
I don't...sorry. If I think of it I will do a diagram.
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0 # Jeff 2012-10-18 08:06
Another great post. Do you have any plans for future classes?

Regards,
Jeff
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 11:42
Definitely, sign up for the email newsletter to be notified first.
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0 # Lance 2012-10-18 12:10
# Gregory Cazillo — 2012-10-18 11:40
I think its perfect, thats why I put it up that way!

Very well then, its all in the eyes of the beholder :)
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0 # Jim 2012-10-18 13:28
Greg-

I have a difficult time over lighting my subject with too much strobe and really need to work on dialing down my Speedlight's output. What was the flash power that you used for the secondary, hair light side strobe? You didn't mention it.

Thanks-
Jim
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-18 14:50
Try using manual mode instead of TTL. I was probably at 1/16th power or so.
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0 # Tiffany 2012-10-19 15:26
What was the brand of the soft box? THANKS!
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-10-31 11:32
Honl
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