Where to place the flash ?

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Where to place the flash ?
Oct 17, 2010

Hi all,

I'm trying to learn more about off camera flash, so I dragged my wife out to the park near sunset tonight for some experiments. My goal was to light her with the flash so that I could control the ambient colour with the shutter speed.

I'm not happy with the results though - there are some harsh shadows on the face, and I'd like to know what I could have done to avoid these.

Basically, I had a SB800 in a lumiquest softbox III on a stand, almost next to her, above and to the right. That was set to 1/8 power. I also had a second flash firing from the floor below and to her left trying to help out the shadows.

As a result, I have some questions for next time (as soon as she can be conned :D)

1. How far away should I be placing the softbox / flash

2. What power should I be looking to set the flash to, to get f/8 around dusk

3. At what angle to her face should I be placing the softbox ?

4. Where would a second flash be best used ?

Thanks in advance!

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