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Experimenting with bare flash 2 years 1 week ago #6307

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So, I shot my friends wedding on the cheap to rack up some more experience points, and i was faced with a problem. 70kmph gusts of wind so reflectors and umbrellas were out of the question. It was overcast thankfully.

So I thought lets make a punchy high contrast image with hard shadows. So from behind and on the right (to avoid lighting the face or casting shadows on the barn) I blasted them with light about 2x the brightness of ambient. On camera I used a bare flash set to a weak setting to provide a subtle fill.

I also like what the bare flash did with the grass.
what do you peoples think?

Kai and Lacie by charltonstudios, on Flickr

Here is another using the same setup

Lacie by charltonstudios, on Flickr
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Experimenting with bare flash 2 years 1 week ago #6318

Nice job with the light! On the second shot try moving the strobe behind or above the bride to get more of a hair light or full halo.
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Experimenting with bare flash 2 years 1 week ago #6319

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Thanks, I was so focused on not letting the hard light fall on the skin to harshly, or make weird shadows. I totally overlooked the hair... I'll keep that in mind next time I shoot.
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Experimenting with bare flash 1 year 10 months ago #6396

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Great shots- the light is really nice. It's funny what great results you can get when faced with extenuating circumstances, in this case the wind. Hard light can be really great and you finessed it well!
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