Last night I went over to see some friends that I hadn’t seen since I left San Diego to head for Maine. We talked, laughed, ate, and then out came the camera! I used on of my favorite little tricks to take some portraits just after sunset. I used one SB800 on a stand fired into a 45″ silver Westscott umbrella. I placed a CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel on the flash and then set the white balance on my D40 to Tungsten. This allows the sky to go into a deep blue (as well as everything else) with the exception of what is lit with the flash. I exposed for the sky and then dialed in the power on my flash to get my light just right. Here’s some of the shots that I ended up with:
For the first picture you see above, I set up my camera on my tripod and set it’s built-in timer, focused, hit the shutter release and then ran around to get into the picture with them.
That’s it for today, so I hope you guys have a great day! I’ll be out enjoying the sun later this afternoon and doing some shooting. That way I can get the landscape shots that I have been promising to bring you! It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! 🙂