A Motley Crew, Indeed.

These guys were a trip. Going around the whole day doing Michael Caine impressions (Say "my co-caine" and now you sound like Michael Caine).

 

This was my first attempt ever at a serious group composite shot. Made a couple mistakes that I was able to save with Photoshop, but hey, not bad for only having a working theory to start with!

 

Strobist

SB-900 with 22" beauty dish in front of each couple.

 

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  • inna dee 3y

    thanks for making me smarter...
    Michael... thing!
    loving this tones!!
  • Daniel J. 3y

    well done!
  • Tattoo Al 3y

    Sean did you boom the beauty dish and then PS it out ?
    And the layer 5 pics ?
  • Sean Molin 3y

    Tattoo Al Nah, my partner just stood right in front of them and I blended her out from the layers she wasn't in.
  • Megha Duta Photography 3y

    I think this is inspired.
  • Peter H 3y

    Extremely high quality work - totally outside my own skill set - amazingly impressive
  • Jason D. 3y

    This is very cool. I wish there was a way to do this in one shot without having to clone anything out. Is there? I suppose you could have gridded strobes pointed at each couple from off-camera, but then the light would be harsh due to the distance and apparent light size, right?
  • wei1881 TAIWAN 3y

    awesome
  • Mark R. Ducharme 3y

    Great light. Nice posing.
  • cashaww 3y

    What ever you did, the photo came out great.
  • Sean Molin 3y

    Jason D. You nailed one of the two major problems with doing this in a single shot: the harshness of the light. Since the softness is relative to the size of the light source, the only way for it to be pleasing soft in a "spot light" fashion is to be close.

    The other problem is the sheer amount of equipment that would be required to do this in one take. I mean, this was easy. Took 30 seconds to execute with an assistant moving from couple to couple with a single speedlight. The camera was pre-framed on a tripod. I just had to push a button five times. Although, I must remember in the future to do a sixth, *blank* frame. It makes some of the editing easier to have a frame with no people in it.
  • Iran Lokugamage 3y

    Cool.
  • Tattoo Al 3y

    Good to know bout the 6th frame.
    Your using mini and flex to trigger?
    Once u got your flash dialed in imguessing u told ur assistant to keep the light at the exact same distance from all couples?
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