jack satta (fnb) 11:47pm, 13 April 2008
That was fun! Thanks for the good times.
The_Nothing 10 years ago
ay, yes it was.
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kenneth barton PRO 10 years ago
I had a great time and so did Tara and Jennifer.

-ken
thinkable straw [deleted] 10 years ago
Thanks to everyone who made this possible!
jimmyhickey1 10 years ago
Yeah thanks everyone, good stuff etc
SA Wedding Photo 10 years ago
Thanks everyone-soobum
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metakephoto PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
Click here to get the correct stage names for the girls in Sugar Q
www.flickr.com/groups/pdxstrobist/discuss/72157604523966450/

also thanks to Tara and Jennifer for helping model today:

Tara Walker (Cinetique Femme)
www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=tara&m=pool&w=478...

Jennifer Robin
www.flickr.com/photos/kennethbarton/sets/72157594148187356/
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OregonVelo 10 years ago
Thanks for finding another great shoot Jeff.
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coupeowner 10 years ago
I am exhausted! A great shoot, and I can't wait to download the photos. Thanks to Jeff and Luke for putting it together, and thanks to the incredible models! This was by far the most involved shoot for me, and was a great learning experience.
GeoFX 10 years ago
great time... thanks for everything...
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| whiteSpace | PRO 10 years ago
That was a lot of fun today. The dancers and models were great and really made it work for us. Thanks again, Jeff and everyone.
mmhappypants 10 years ago
Ditto. Thanks for all the hard work organizing this.
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LukeOlsen PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by LukeOlsen (admin) 10 years ago
This was great and the thanks goes to Jeff and the models.
@coupeowner: All I did was direct some late arriving photographers.
pdxblazer503 10 years ago
Thanks Jeff and everyone who organized this event, I had great time
and some awesome shots

Dan: you have 4 rechargeable battery left in my 580 EX II. I will find a
time to return them to you. :-) thanks !
Tom.Lechner PRO 10 years ago
I've hardly ever done close quarters portrait shots. The meet was an interesting experiment! Though it might make me blow more money on photo equipment.
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metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
@Tom.Lechner: yeah i'm still trying to validate buying 1 more pocket wizard (currently I only have 1 transmitter and 1 receiver)
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OregonVelo 10 years ago
@metakephoto: after talking with Dan last week, I now understand why I need the PW multimax. And after yesterday I could see getting alien bees or something else like that.
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coupeowner 10 years ago
Anyone notice the Strobist page has switched from "Less gear, more brains, better light" to "learn how to light". Never thought the "less gear" worked too well. From homemade crap, to flashes, to stands, etc. it seems my photo gear has multiplied exponentially since going the strobist way.
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metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
@coupeowner: especially your monster ring light :)
which by the way was a blast to use yesterday and thanks for bringing it.
Laughing Coyote Photography Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
@Coupowner yeah I kinda have been wondering about that as well. But it is nice to be able to pack it all up and roll with all the gear under one arm and the camera bag under the other.. ( I know a set of ABs and stands/ect would take rollers at the very least.. )

When He made that switch about 2-4 weeks ago I also started seeing some of the things he was posting as being less and less portable.

Don't get me wrong I would love to have a full setup (6 or so lights plus modifiers) of Elichrom lights, backdrops and a studio to put it all in.

Now I know that I could have saved a bit of coin in the long run by buying a set of digibees but I would not have the exsperiance of being able to grab and go either, or being able to shoot on location 1000000 miles from the nearest power outlet.

The change was bound to come (How much can you really shoot with hot shoe flashes?) but it has also got a group of us to shoot and compare notes on how to shoot better. That in my opinion is a good thing, all from a simple blog on how to save a little cash and learn me some flash shooting them fancy shoots with a strobe light not on my camera, go figure...
Whoowl 10 years ago
@strayz01 - "How much can you really do with hot shoe flashes?"

How much can you do? More than you think. Probably more than those arguing that you get better results by lugging a bunch of gear around believe. That is really what I always saw as the point of Strobist. Do more with less gear, and a touch of critical thinking.

Specifically, the DIY thing has gotten out of hand and lost it's original focus. In my mind, it was never about saving money on gear, but it was about finding something to use on site and preventing you from having to have special purpose tools.

I want to be able to carry all my gear for a shoot in a single trip, up five flights of stairs and be confident that I have everything I need to get the job done. Strobist taught me how to do that, and I feel more and more comfortable ever time I go out now.

Does this mean that specialty gear is useless? That there are not times you need 1600 Watt Seconds of power? No, but it means that I won't need to carry gear or spend extra time setting it up unless I really need it.

John
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jon_d_himes 10 years ago
How many Shots did everyone take, how many of those were keepers and how many were Fantastic?
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metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
If you post pictures from the April Meetup/Photoshoot please make sure to include the tag "pdxstrobist0408"...Actually if youve been to past meetups, please make those to include a similar to tag to those (ie. pdxstrobist0108, pdxstrobist0208, etc...)

This will allow us to link to past photoshoots from the pdxstrobist.com website.
www.pdxstrobist.org/calendar.php
Whoowl 10 years ago
Nice looking website! LOL
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OregonVelo 10 years ago
@jon_d: I think you have a good question but it is lost in the discussion. You may want to post it as its own topic. For me, I take a couple hundred playing around with settings and light. I use the group as a tool to learn. You can say I use the "semi-automatic machine gun" effect. Why? Because in this environment I come with some ideas and also try a lot of spur of the moment stuff. I "usually" post the 10ish that I like and that are different. I am happy if I get one that is "Fantastic". But in reality it, compared to others, I don't get any "Fantastic" shots, it is just semi decent.
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metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
@jon_d: I guess it depends on what your standards are for "keepers", cause i'm a pack rat and keep everything, even the bad shots.

My main learning experience I took away from this event was to remember to check my ISO speed throughout the day. Because I was switching back and forth from ISO100 for flash settings and ISO800 for available light "behind the scenes" shots. And I forgot to switch my camera back to ISO100 for quite some time during the day. So I ended up shooting ISO800 with flash for a good hour before realizing it.
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OregonVelo 10 years ago
Yeah I only had a short time to shoot and was trying to so hard to dial in the lights right that I could have easy fixed my problem by bumbing the ISO. Totally eluded me until I was reviewing the photos.
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coupeowner 10 years ago
I was shooting like a madman until I ran out of gas around 2. I think I took about 350 shots. 100 of which were immediately erased due to out of focus or bad light. I have found that each setup takes several shots just to dial in what I want, so the first 5-10 shots are throw-aways (all the ones of my helpful group members filling in for the models). From the remaining 250 or so, I think I had 40 that I considered good enough to work on and give to the models (will post those to our website soon), and 8-10 to post to our Flickr page. Fantastic? - still working on that.
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kenneth barton PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
I didn't shoot that many shots, though I do tend to use 5 or 6 to dial in the lights. I've spent so many years shooting film, I think I have a lifetime habit of being careful before I hit the shutter; with lighting, composition, and especially the facial expressions that are so important to my style.

Considering that my strobe shots at these meetings are usually somebody elses light set-up so that I'm having to borrow a transmitter off some poor guy's camera to shoot, I try be fast and to make it count, my goal being to hand the thing back to it's owner within two minutes so that I am inconveniencing people as little as possible. Part of my trick is to carefully watch the model as the strobes fire, so that most of my positioning is determined before I plug in. Of my strobe shots of Jennifer in the red burlesque outfit there were 2 or 3 set-up shots and then three actual shots, two of which are the keepers. I borrowed the transmitter from Luke though I'm not sure if it is his lighting or not.

During this most recent shoot I felt like too much of a heel which is why most of my shots are naturally lit this time. I've been posting my shots to Flickr as I go along, but I'm waiting until I'm done to send them to the PDX Strobist Group Pool.

-ken
jon_d_himes 10 years ago
I havent had time to go through them all. I deffinitly feel about the ISO thing. it is hard to remember with everything going so fast. I am coming from a sports shooter background so i shoot a ton, keep them all, and go throught them I really need to slow down think about my shot and think about the light and the scene, the pose,the felling and then let it flow. I fell at times like a use an assault rifle (SAW,M-249) something like that. like they say in the Army. "Spray and Pray" I think i got a couple of good ones. not any of the groups was i pleased about.
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