A99 w/24-70mm f/2.8 ZA + two OC Flash w/Umbrellas (Simple Portrait)

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William Curtindale
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A99 w/24-70mm f/2.8 ZA + two OC Flash w/Umbrellas (Simple Portrait)
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Well I moved from a large home 3 1/2 years ago to the condo I currently live in. Actually my condo is spacious but not like the home I moved from where my basement was 42' x 62' and that was all mine to play in. I had a full photo studio setup in my basement.

When I moved I packed up all my studio equipment (flash setup, stands, backdrops, etc.). Today 3 1/2 years after my move I decided to try a minimum setup for a portrait against a paper grey backdrop (did not get studio lights out and only used camera shoe type flash units w/umbrellas).

I used my backdrop stand, roll of grey backdrop, my A99 w/24-70mm f/2.8 ZA, (2) HVL-F60M and a HVL-F20AM on the camera. The flash units were set to wireless and controlled by the HVL-F20AM mounted on the camera. My main light with umbrella was next to the camera but a couple feet higher. My fill light was to the right side at 45° and at ceiling height. I also used a large reflector on the left side of the subject.

Oh yeah my wife does not like for me to take photos of her so I only got one test shot (grandma with five kids and ten grand kids). This was a fun exercise and I will do more of this when I find a willing subjects.

RAW, in PP I knocked a little shine off the tip of her noise and chin. I also slightly brightened the eyes and added vignette to the background.

I am open to suggestions for improvement as long as the setup is kept simple, Thanks.

At this point in my life I have become a lazy photographer. I don't struggle over image IQ or details but enjoy content and simplicity. A6000, A6300, A6500, A99, A900 w/Sony + Zeiss + Sony G Glass

Nikon Coolpix A900 Sony a6000 Sony a6300 Sony a6500 Sony Alpha a99
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