First try with homemade studio set up

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J Fisker Copenhagen
J Fisker Copenhagen New Member • Posts: 10
First try with homemade studio set up

Sorry for posting again, but I think I misplaced my post at first - I put it in the portrait forum, but my real interest is feedback on my studio and lighting technique - so forgive me for cross posting.

Dear friends,

Over the last year I have wanted to getting started with basic amateur studio portraits. Primarily I wanted the big Elinchrom studio strobe kit and a nikon D800 and a new Porsche, but reality - and the fact that I already had two SB-900's - made me go with the following set up:

2 x 100cm lastolite umbrellas on stands.

2 x Nikon SB900 Flashlights on wireless remote from camera

3 m wide background on telescopic mounts and black and white 3m roll of 200g paper.

my camera is a Nikon D7000 and my portrait lens i a 50 mm Sigma 1.4 EX DG HSM

The photograph below was shot i RAW, ISO 100, Shutter 1/250 and aperture f7.1

The flash to the left of wife and daughter was set at 1/4 power the one to their right 1/16

The umbrellas were placed directly opposite of each other at a 90 degree angle to each side and thus illuminating directly from both sides. The distance from the models (my little family) to the umbrellas was about 1,5 m - and they were approx 1 m in front of the background.

PP in Aperture was as follows:

- Skin tone wb  towards warmer tone

- addition of vignette effect

- Exposure up

- Highlight recovery up

- slight crop

I would appreciate your thoughts and comments

Kind regards


100% crop

 J Fisker Copenhagen's gear list:J Fisker Copenhagen's gear list
Nikon D7000 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D +1 more
Nikon D7000 Nikon D800
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