erica ann

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Lighting Workshop Hosted by Nikon and ProPhoto

Hey Guys,

So I had a pretty cool day today, I went to a workshop taught by Paul Van Allen from Nikon and got to hang out with some cool photographers and ProPhoto peeps. Wireless flash – I’m not so scared of it anymore! They made me want to go out and buy stuff, so I can try all this at home (mission accomplished, I think). So, enjoy the pics and I’ll try to describe the setup as best as I can. These were all shots done with my camera (except the American flag pic cause that was set up on a tripod), but I didn’t set up the flashes, so I feel like I’m about 75% of the way to knowing what I’m doing.

All shots are taken at 200 ISO and the white balance set to flash mode.

Nikon Lighting Workshop

This was just taken in front of a black trifold (like what you would use for a science fair?) and one flash in a Westcott Mini Apollo soft box. Shot with an 85mm macro lens at F/5.6 and 1/60th sec and the flash on TTL.

Nikon Lighting Workshop

This was taken in front of a white trifold board with just one flash set to TTL. The lens is an 85mm macro at f/11 and 1/60th sec. We poke a hole in the bag and just let it drip away while trying to get the timing right!

Nikon Lighting Workshop

This one was just a tiny bit tricky, but not too hard! The first flash is in the mini softbox again, set to TTL while the other flash is on manual and set to blow out the background. 85mm macro at f/5.6 and 1/60th sec.

Nikon Lighting Workshop

The almighty epic cheesegrater! This one involves two flashes, one with an orange gel sitting inside the cheese grater (with white paper covering the holes inside) and the other with a blue gel flashing at the black background. 85mm at f/5.6 at 1/60th sec.

Nikon Lighting Workshop

Ahh… what a nice sunset on the beach… or is it? No, sadly its not. This is just a shallow cookie sheet filled with sand and shells from the grocery store. The flash has a warming gel and a grided snoot (pretty much just a bunch of black straws) 85mm at f/5.6 and 1/60th sec.

Nikon Lighting Workshop

I saved the best for last, can you believe that I got this on the first try? Craziness! Before taking the picture, I prefocused on a hammer that was put into the water where the strawberry would be dropped. Pretty sneaky huh? (Wasn’t my idea) So I’m shooting from below the tank and directly to the left. The front flash is lighting the strawberry from the side and set to TTL, the back flash has a blue gel on it and is going through white paper. You have to be sure to put the flashes directly perpendicular to your subject or the light will refract and not hit it much. I wanna try this with wedding rings for some swanky resort wedding. 85mm at f/5.6 and 1/60th sec.

December 28, 2010 - 8:11 pm

melissa soul mates photo these are totally awesome and are knocking my socks off. nice work girl!!

November 7, 2010 - 9:02 am

Deyla Huss Awesome shots Erica!!!!!!

November 5, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Roshell Erica, these look so professional. Does this mean you may try more studio photo shoots?

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Erica Ann is formally educated in photography and studio art. Her focus is transforming life's spectacular moments into enduring works of art worthy of timeless display. Serving Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas.

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