Bursting Balloons !

Bursting Balloons !
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shooting models - the 'flaming sword' shoot .

I haven't had much experience in shooting models and recently gave it a go . I have a lot to learn still .
First I need to learn to calm down and not panic when someone looks at me and says " What must I do ?".
Of course it helps when the model has done this before and she just 'gets into it' and all you have to do is take pictures .
I recently tried to step things up a bit and set a sword on fire . I set the ambient exposure to two stops under , and
the white balance to 'tungsten' to make the background look blue . Then I added some tungsten filters on the flash to cancel the blue and add a little warmth to the subject . 

The shutter speed was around 1/1000th in some of the pictures to freeze the flames and I used the Nikon D40 since its electronic shutter allowed me to shoot normal flash at high speeds - the flash was a SB800 triggered via an SB24 on my camera , in SU4 mode .

I'm still making mistakes but learning in the process ......


  1. I did my first model shoot a few weeks ago as well. She said after wards that we (the noobs) should write down some ideas before the shoot so that we don't waste time during shooting. She also said that the 'pros' spend a good 10/15 mins shooting in the same sort of position and then move both the model and photog into another position. Then you don't waste time moving alot.

    Pics look pretty good to me.


  2. Thanks for the input , that's something I need to learn - to stay in one spot until the picture is 'perfect' . I am also trying to learn to 'plan ahead' for the shot I want to accomplish .
    I find that props help in thinking up poses because you can visualize images of people with the item . [ Like the sword :) ]