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Old 04-08-2011   #21
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And a couple resulting images... like they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words





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Nice Mike.. I like the highlights from the strip box.
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Mike,
Outstanding job.
Question...
The scene is decorated by the prom committee at the proms we shoot.
Is this all your stuff?

I'm attaching a sample of the ball we shot in March.
We crop tighter for balls (typically older subjects), full length at proms.
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This one was from a smaller private school, so we had to do all of the set design etc. ourselves. The background was just 4' x 8' sheets of foam core that we cut up to look like a cityscape.
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Old 03-17-2013   #25
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So what lights did you use for this set up? I'm also doing a prom and will have to rent lights. And would like to know what you suggest.
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Old 03-18-2013   #26
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I love shooting military wedding and other functions. I find that there is a level of discipline and cooperation that makes my job easier and more organized.
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You provided great advice Ed. Especially about shooting with normal angle lenses rather than UWA glass and shooting from a lower level. Shooting from my eye level would cause perspective distortion (especially with a wider focal length lens). I am sure that we have all seen images in which the subjects' upper body is larger and more prominent than the legs which look small and spindly. I'm 6'2" tall and if I were to shoot today with digital equipment, I would either opt for an articulating LCD or use a right angle finder to lower my position.

It is often a bit more photogenic to include a unit or service flag in the image. The U.S. Flag is also appropriate but you need to know the rules for display of the flag. When two flags are displayed, The American Flag should be flown to the (flag's own) right (camera left) of the other flag. (as in the above posted image). The right is a position of prominence. When two flags are shown, I like to have the flags border the image without seeing the wall to the rear of either flag at the image border. I also like to have the unit or service flag positioned (if at all possible) so that it is easily identified...

My own fetish when shooting military personnel is poor posture. Either slumped over or with the head bending forward (I used to call it the chicken neck pose) so that the inside of the back of the shirt and or blouse collar are visible. When I used to shoot groups of visiting foreign military officers at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA; I enjoyed shooting groups of German officers the most. They seemed to have the best posture (they were always ram-rod straight).
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Old post, but looking for some input. I'm doing a highschool formal in two weeks and I will be using my Profoto B1's (x2). I was thinking of my 5' Octa just a few degrees to my right, high and behind me a tad, with the second light high and to the rear camera-left for a hair/rim light. I think that this second light will be required because I'm using a black background.

I have many modifiers, 2x3, 1x4, beauty dishes, 4'-7' brollies, but feel that this would be the best solution. Any opinions?

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Great information,thanks for sharing!
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Old post, but looking for some input. I'm doing a highschool formal in two weeks and I will be using my Profoto B1's (x2). I was thinking of my 5' Octa just a few degrees to my right, high and behind me a tad, with the second light high and to the rear camera-left for a hair/rim light. I think that this second light will be required because I'm using a black background.

I have many modifiers, 2x3, 1x4, beauty dishes, 4'-7' brollies, but feel that this would be the best solution. Any opinions?

Jeff
One thing about proms, the lighting issues don't change much over the decades even if the lighting type changes.


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