So here I am, writing my first blog post after my lovely intro post that i put up a couple of weeks ago.
Basically from this post on, I now aim to hit my one write up per week, which given my current work/life balance will be very hard. I'm currently working a ten hour day followed by roughly four hours of commuting on top of that...it's not easy.
This of course leaves me exhausted when I get back each day, and when combined with eight hours of sleep, only gives me two hours of "me" time per day.
Having said that though, I was still able to shoot a bit on my last day off.
My wife kindly acted as my beautiful model for the session, as I continue to learn how to use my studio strobes.
I tried to go for a three light setup and in the process learned a few cool tips. Some of these included how to really use my light's remote control properly, so I can adjust the settings without having to go over to each light every time, as well as learning more about how to custom set my light meter. Sounds simple, but the instructions are pretty vague out the box!
If anyone is interested, I'm shooting using a Nikon system for my camera and lens.
Specifically i shoot on a Nikon D850 full frame camera, with which I use with the lenses below;
- The 85mm f/1.8G. I purchased this mainly for everyday portrait work as well as for shots in low light.
- The 24-120mm f/4 ED VR. This is a great do everything travel lens. If I were to replace or upgrade this at a later point it would be for the 24-70mm. Although truth be told, this zoom range really is great if you just want to have one lens in your camera bag whilst traveling.
- The 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. This is predominantly for landscapes/city-scapes.
- The new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. I purchased this after a lot of thought, as it's such a great all round lens for landscapes doing close detail shots as well as being an excellent portrait lens. Very expensive, but sharp as hell and super quick to lock focus.
As for my lights, I decided to invest into the Interfit Photographic system. I own four of their strobes;
- x3 Interfit Honey Badgers
- x1Interfit Badger Unleashed
These are great, small, light weight yet powerful strobes. So far, for my home studio they have been more than enough for what I need to shoot. In fact, four of them are probably over kill for the space - more on that in another post!
I seem to have gone off on a little tangent here with my gear list, so back on point to the photos.
Here is are a shot from the shoot the other day.
I'm still learning how to use strobes but even with that said, I'm quite happy with how this turned out.
Let me know what you think! d(^_^)b