Flashy shoot­ing

NPhoto - - Over To You -

I like tak­ing por­traits but I’m not that good; for ev­ery 100, I take I get a cou­ple I’m pleased with. (This year a friend said ‘even my wife likes some shots you took of her’. High praise in­deed.)

In Au­gust, I had the chance to take some night-time por­traits of a friend’s daugh­ter singing at the hol­i­day re­sort we were stay­ing at. I had my Nikon D7100, a Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lens and a Speed­light SB-900. I set the flash set­ting to rear cur­tain sync, put the Speed­light in com­mand mode and used the pop-up flash to fire it. The flash was to the singer’s left.

When we re­turned home I had a chance to process the RAW files, do some edit­ing and crop­ping. I think ‘I done well’. David Wil­liams, Sh­effield, UK

You have in­deed done well. The way you’ve caught a lit­tle mo­tion in her hands and face adds to the mood.

Tak­ing a flash­gun of­f­cam­era is the first step to im­prov­ing your por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. See page 40 for a tu­to­rial on fak­ing nat­u­ral light with a Speed­light.

David’s cap­tured the dy­namic qual­ity of the per­for­mance by set­ting his flash to rear cur­tain sync

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