Another Portrait Shot

Here is a shot of my other Niece.  As you can tell, she is very comfortable in front of the camera.  I received a few questions about yesterday’s photo and the equipment that I used.  The lighting was supplied by a 400WS flash in a white umbrella placed behind and to the left.  There was a slight fill on the right side from a gold reflector placed about 1 foot to her right.  The camera was a Canon 50D with the 18-200mm zoomed to 70mm at 1/250 sec. at f/11.  Today’s image was shot with two lights and the same camera setting.



  1. Hey Jeff… Nice shots. I was fortunate enough to be gifted a light stand and umbrella to add to my Nikon SB600, so I’m playing with these sorts of things too. Question… did you shoot on a black background or is that a trick of camera settings? I had read that shutter speed can control background color, but I’m not having much luck with that in my initial experiments.

  2. Hi Jeff,

    I don’t know whether I’ve every commented on your blog before but I’ve been following it for some time. I am interested in learning the basics of lighting and will be really interested in following your explorations. Thank you very much for including the information about the setup.

    These are beautiful portraits…

  3. Nice start, Jeff. I’m far from any kind of expert, but I did notice the lack of nice catch lights in her eyes. Her right eye has a small one but the left has none so it’s very dark. Just my 2 cents – take it for what it’s worth! 😀

  4. Heck, you can throw some catchlights on in post can’t you? (I’m being sarcastic).

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