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Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul 2:13pm, 25 March 2008
I am going to be doing a maternity shoot for a friend soon, and one shot is going to be used for the cover of a local zine, so I need these to look really good! Would anyone be willing to borrow me a portable back round support system and some lighting equipment? I am not sure when I need it exactly, but possibly this weekend.
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Why not use window light and a black backdrop?
Make it a Black and white image. Window light is great.

If you don't know how to use studio lighting, you will be in for a big surprise. It isn't something you pick up and start getting good results right away.

This person shoots maternity and infants and uses window light exclusively.
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I have a black back drop, but I am doing the shoot at their house and will not have anywhere to hang it. I am also probably going to have to do the shoot at night, so there will not be any window light available, otherwise that would be my first choice.

I am also doing multiple shots for the family, so it won't just be one image. I am just using one for the zine.
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Hopefully someone with lighting experience and equipment can help you out.
If I knew more about lighting I would love to help out.

Good Luck!
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Not to lend out equipment thats not mine but Brian has all that stuff.
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
Yep, I think you are looking for a photo assistant (lighting engineer) also. That is if you havnt used ext. lights before. But you may take to it quick also.
I have some small stuff that would be great for either close ups of head or belly or could be used for dramatic lighting and maybe stretched to do full body. May not be much use, but if you need them anyway, let me know.
NorthernMinnesotaPhoto 10 years ago
My wife is the maternity shooter (it's a girl thing), she says keep it simple, Black and Whites, window light if possible, black background if possible, if using strobes, bounce the light off the ceiling or wall to soften the light first. shoot from a tripod to slow the shutter down, allowing some of the available light to get into the image. Bring a several clothes pins to hold up you background, or duct tape! Duct Tape fixes anything!
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Thanks everyone. I just visited with my friend and I think we are going to be able to shoot during the day after all, so I'll use window light and not worry about the rest. I have my speed light if I need it. I looked around her house and tried to figure out a good way to hang my back round, and I still am not sure how I am going to make that work. I fear using duct tape because I don't want it to take the paint off of their walls!

I'll let you all know how it goes. I have to do the shoot soon because she went into early labor over the weekend at only 33 weeks and is on bed rest now.
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aReasontoHope 10 years ago
I'm not full of money, or I totally would :D
Good luck, hope it turns out good :D
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Karl W. 10 years ago
I have a dj truss that would as a back drop holder. It's a bit large if your working somewhere with a low ceiling or a small space.

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I have two shoot through umbrellas with stands, two sb-20s. One of them is a bit iffy now after it was dropped. A cactus transmitter with three receivers and a 430ex that will work with your 580ex I believe wirelessly. I'll need the 430ex friday night and possibly the umbrellas and stuff for a shoot during the weekend though. But I probably could work around a time.
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
How high is the ceiling? If its not to high (8 feet, give or take a foot) I have some compression poles I made that you can just clip a background to.
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Al, thanks!

Karl, I think that the dj truss would be too big for the space we will be in, but I would love to borrow your lighting equipment. We need to hurry up and plan our strobist meet so you can show me how to use it all! If I could set up the 430ex to work wirelessly with my 580ex that would be perfect. I'm really worried about not having enough light in their living room and it is making me hesitant to go with just natural light. They have a bay window, but it doesn't seem to bring much light into the living room because they have a porch with a large overhang just outside of the window.

Shark: that might work. Their ceiling is a normal ceiling I guess. Not too high. I just need to be able to clip my back rounds up, which are plain black and white pieces of muslin.
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Karl W. 10 years ago
Maybe if you just used one umbrella and the 430ex that might work the best. I usually only use one myself anyways. This is the umbrella I have. I have two of those kits.

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I think the 430ex and one umbrella is all I need too.

Did you get yours for that cheap through that Ebay seller?
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Karl W. 10 years ago
Yeah I did, thats one of the ones I purchased. It's not the most heavy duty thing out there but works pretty good. Just let me know when you need it.
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JustinSinks 10 years ago
If Karl is using his, I have the a 580ex and stand and umbrella.
And I agree, lets get the strobist thing going!
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Cool, thanks to both of you! I'll talk to my friend again tomorrow and figure out when she wants to do the shoot.
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
Yes, if you think you could use something (lighting, backdrop stands, autopoles, umbrellas, reflectors, etc.) just ask and I can bring them tomorrow.
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