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    Love the last one's facial expression, but lost some of the nice background. If you had another flash for a rim light to separate the hair and background, that would be awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andnowimbroke View Post
    Love the last one's facial expression, but lost some of the nice background. If you had another flash for a rim light to separate the hair and background, that would be awesome.
    I have two more flashes. Had one setup as a rim light, but my transceiver batteries died at the beginning of the shoot. Will try it with the rim light the next chance I get (with fully charged batteries of course).

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    Thanks for sharing your first shots with us. Now that I see what sort of improvements a single umbrella kit can do to your light I should be considering the investment. Basically today, I'm always bouncing off the ceiling or a wall.

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    Thanks for sharing your first shots with us. Now that I see what sort of improvements a single umbrella kit can do to your light I should be considering the investment. Basically today, I'm always bouncing off the ceiling or a wall.
    Yeah it's amazing how much better things are with a basic setup like this. I found a really cool website that is very informative for speedlite photography. Heres's the link:

    http://smokingstrobes.com/

    His videos are short and easy to follow. I learned quite a bit from them as a beginner in this area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steph View Post
    Thanks for sharing your first shots with us. Now that I see what sort of improvements a single umbrella kit can do to your light I should be considering the investment. Basically today, I'm always bouncing off the ceiling or a wall.
    Yeah it's amazing how much better things are with a basic setup like this. I found a really cool website that is very informative for speedlite photography. Heres's the link:

    http://smokingstrobes.com/

    His videos are short and easy to follow. I learned quite a bit from them as a beginner in this area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mpieris View Post
    Yeah it's amazing how much better things are with a basic setup like this. I found a really cool website that is very informative for speedlite photography. Heres's the link:

    http://smokingstrobes.com/

    His videos are short and easy to follow. I learned quite a bit from them as a beginner in this area.
    Thanks for the links! I've just checked it out and indeed it seems quite interesting (nice asian model too )

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    I just bought a grid for my flash. Here are a few shots. The last one is with a gel. My first time using both. Welcome your critiques.


    Aurelie portrait by MAzing Pictures, on Flickr


    Aurelie portrait by MAzing Pictures, on Flickr


    Aurelie portrait by MAzing Pictures, on Flickr

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    Grids are great, but generally speaking, they work best in tandem with other light sources. If used as a main light, they're best used with a fill light. If not the main light, then grids are usually used as hair lights or as a background light. Try some of those uses for your grids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Setters View Post
    Grids are great, but generally speaking, they work best in tandem with other light sources. If used as a main light, they're best used with a fill light. If not the main light, then grids are usually used as hair lights or as a background light. Try some of those uses for your grids.
    Thanks for the tip Sean. I was trying to capture some dramatic type shots I've seen others do in the past in make-up ads or CD covers. Is there a general rule of thumb on the power ratio to use for the rim/hair light? Generally, i like using the main light from my flash and shoot through umbrella setup.

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    Rim light is like salt--add it to taste. Some people like a very strong rimlight, some like a more delicate touch. For me, it depends on the type of look I'm wanting to achieve.

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