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    This was an unplanned on-location shoot I did over the weekend, so I didn't have any lighting gear with me except for one hot shoe flash and RayFlash ring light. I'd like to reshoot this with some strobes for more variation.






    Last edited by Nick Ruiz; 11-24-2009, 01:29 PM.
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    Ty,

    Fantastic shot!

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    • #3
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      Did you use the soft focus lens with these? Whichever lens you used, they definitely have a dreamy, soft feel to them. The B&W is OK, though you have such a nice color palette in the color pictures it makes me wish the B&W ones were the same...

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      • #4
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        Thanks. I shot these photos with a Canon 5D MK2, 85mm f/1.2L prime, 580EXII with a ring flash attachment, and did my usual 30-second (well on these ones in was more like two minutes) post processing through Lightroom/Nik Software. The key to being able to do quick post processing is always start with a good photo to begin with - that way you don't spend time fixing the photo, but adding finishing touches. This means making sure you've got proper exposure, white balance, lighting, focus, shutter speed/aperture and the proper background/composition. Speaking of starting with good photos, I'll be posting a date/time for some workshops in the next few days. I'll be adding some new material to the DSLR fundamentals class covering some of the newer cameras that can microadjust the focus point. Even high end pro gear will have some front/back focus issues and I'll be covering how to properly make those adjustments. Without doing this, you are not using your gear to it's full potential.

        Here's the color version of the B/W:


        Last edited by Ty; 11-24-2009, 12:53 AM.
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        • #5
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          The ring flash appears to have a very nice effect in some of these.

          And just the usual Ty quality throughout.
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          • #6
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            Originally posted by dkbarto View Post
            The ring flash appears to have a very nice effect in some of these.

            And just the usual Ty quality throughout.
            Just got the forums "RayFlash" Ring flash today and did some more testing with it, This is going to change the way portraits are done in the field for me @ least. Before I would have to rent (only did it once, was not pocket economical) a Ringflash to fit my Hensel Porty now I am expecting the same results with the RayFlash.

            You can buy them directly here ExpoImaging, Inc.

            I will have it available for you guys to try out during our workshops.
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            • #7
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              Can't you just plain BUY a ring flash for the cost of this + the standard flash it requires? I iz confused..

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              • #8
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                You can, however a dedicated ringflash can start @ $450.00 for entry level models. The one I would have needed for the Hensel starts off @ $900.00 used and thats if you can find them. Not only that with a dedicated ring flash you will also need to have available DC power. That wasn't a problem with the Hensel because it's battery powered but that cost's $2,500 bucks.
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                • #9
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                  Check out this video:
                  When this demo was made they were selling @ $300.00 but due to its popularity they now sell @ $199.00.

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                  • #10
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                    My ring flash was $100 + shipping: PO4262 Phoenix SmartFlash RF46C Macro Ring Flash for Canon ETTL II with 55mm, 58mm, 62mm & 67mm Adapter Rings, Guide Number of 46 ISO 100 @ 50mm

                    Maybe this ring attachment gives off better light?

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                    • #11
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                      My understanding is that its primarily for Macro work, Have you tried it for portraits?

                      I can see getting harsher shadows using that for portraits because the light source is small. And it wont fit 77mm L glass lenses :-(
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                      • #12
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                        It is a little weak for longer-distance portraits I've found. For closer, waist-up work, it's fine...

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                        • #13
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                          The problem with inexpensive ringflash such as the phoenix is that they are not bright enough for much more than macro. If you had to light a subject 15-20 feet away, you might not have enough light. The ringflash adapter I use is for my 580EX II which has a guide number of 190 ISO100. The light intensity falls off with the square of the distance and gets dim very quickly.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Nick Ruiz View Post
                            Ty,

                            Fantastic shot!

                            This one is my favorite as well, LOVE the lighting!
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