Whoowl 11:18pm, 14 April 2008
I am curious how many people felt like they were getting decent shots during the tight conditions and craziness that sometimes happened during the last meet-up.

At first I was feeling a tad off. Like I wasn't getting results because people were getting in the way, or I didn't have time to adjust my lights. Or try and work with model(s) to setup a specific shot. That was when I switched strategies.

Here is what I tried:
- I went to two lights one on each side, with shoot through umbrellas on each. The idea being this is flexible enough to be used as a key and a highlight for most situations with the wide soft light.
- I set each strobe to wireless TTL, so now I could move around and my camera would adjust the exposure based on the new camera location. Key on the right? Set Group B -1.0 comp Key to the left? Set Group A -1.0 comp. Easy.
- Switched to a mid-range zoom so I could shoot closer and not give people a chance to get in front of my lens as much.
- Last I would take a shot at base TTL, quickly evaluate it and dial in exposure comp and individual flash comp on each strobe (from the camera).

Overall I found it worked well. I was getting more shots, varying my shots by being able to move around, and I really didn't care about needing to get to my lights, or someone getting in my way.

The hardest part after changing my approach was getting all the models to look at the camera at the same time, and waiting for lights to recycle every so often.

What things did you learn from these conditions or tricks did you use to try and get better results?
Laughing Coyote Photography Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Laughing Coyote Photography (member) 10 years ago
More power for my flashes and I think I am going to start shooting towards the end as I spent the first 10-15 minutes of each station poseing and moving the models around and not taking any shots.

I really do wonder how many shots of my back my group got along with me standing in the way of the flash they were using.

I will say though all the shots going off did tell me where there light was falling. :)
jack satta (fnb) 10 years ago
I thought everyone was really polite (I hope you thought I was too). Saying "sorry!" as we bump each other and letting each other switch (kinda like a dance) was really helpful.

I think for the new meetup members, it might help to have a FAQ on appropriate/inappropriate behavior, etc.?

"It's OK to accidentally bump into another photographer; it's to be expected at these events. Just say, 'sorry', and move on. It's OK to direct a model if someone's not already doing so (listen to the rhythm of the conversation).

"It's NOT OK to harass the models or use any condescending or rude language or behavior. You can be judged to be kicked out by the group." Etc.?
LukeOlsen PRO 10 years ago
@strayz01: Remind me not to be in your group. Hopefully you gave the other members of your group room to shoot.
@Whoowl: I'm still looking at them but I think I got some decent ones. I missed the "rush" to get into a good spot for the group shot. But judging from the amount of shooters I suspect more than a few got some good ones.
jon_d_himes 10 years ago
Strayz01 are you the machinist?
Laughing Coyote Photography Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Laughing Coyote Photography (member) 10 years ago
the ex-machinist yes. now I fix computer networks and enjoy the fact that very few network admins loose fingers on the job.
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
yeah we should call the last shoot of the day, the paparazzi shoot...
The_Nothing 10 years ago
was in strayz group last weekend, and worked with/around him last meet as well. always have plenty of time to get some great shots in. He's a good person to work alongside and learn - especially with dealing/talking to models...
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