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EXCUSE JIM, who is in Glacier National Park in Montana this week shooting with 25 members of Improve Photography Plus on a free meetup.
- Stanley Harper : Question is for Nick Page as I don't think I have seen the answer. For your off camera flash work, what are you using for light? One powerful strobe, or several speedlights together through that totally awesome softbox?
- second, I have been using one speedlight for my OCF work and sometimes, it's just not enough. Would I be heading down the right path if I put together 3 or four speedlights together to act as one light source?
- Sergio Fernandez I love the way off camera flash looks with a modifier. I can't lug that setup everywhere with me (family event snaps for personal use). I end up not liking my photos with the mixed lighting, Does this happen to you guys and what can you do to combat it?
- Paul Coleman With the expense of glass, legacy glass is becoming more attractive. What guidelines or suggestions do you have?
- Mark Morris For Nick: how are you recording right now, instead of shooting the new Mark IV???????
Nick – First thoughts of the 5d mark iv
Very similar yet improved build
Love the new button on the back.. I like to program it to change ISO
ISO performance seems to be significantly improved
The buffer fills too fast
The focus system is greatly improved
The Canon battery grip is worth it.
Laryssa – Working for Charities
One of the things I like to do is work for charity.
I will be doing a shoot for a friend of mine that is with “Big Brother, Big Sister”
Her “little sister” needs a Senior Shoot. I volunteer and plan to give her a print.
What are the various charities you can work for and what can you give them.
Jeff – Photoshop Select and Mask
- Seriously challenged it this week. Did a photoshoot for a homecoming group. I did one last year for the older siblings of the group and so I thought I was really ready for it.
- Had a stand with a white backdrop, 3 flashes, and then a girl came with a completely white dress!
- Made what has turned out to be a terrible mistake for extracting people from the background, thought if I put up a darker background to help with the contrast would make it easier – nope. Doesn’t work well when you are going to do an all-white background to have dark tones showing through the hair. So stick with a light background if extracting, even if you put it on a dark background
Doodads of the week
- Get links for all the doodads from all of the episodes from 2016 at https://improvephotography.com/doodads
- Nick – photo mechanic
- Jeff – Impact Background Support System – 12′ Wide
- Laryssa – Logitech c615 webcam