Quick Tip: Change your Settings for Different Effects

Peggy Farren 2013-08-21

I took these two pictures within seconds of each other. I like them both! You can easily and quickly achieve different looks without moving your subject!!

I liked the first image but decided the background was too dark. So I opened up my aperture and slowed down my shutter speed to let in a bit more light. I moved my speedlight back so that it wouldn't overexpose my beautiful subject. I could also have turned the power down, but it was so much easier to move the lightstand back a yard or so.

Off Camera Flash (OCF) on the manual setting and my camera on manual. I metered on the model's face for the first image. The second image, I metered on the background.

I was using my 70-200 mm lens, zoomed in to 180mm so with a shutter speed of 1/160, I really should have been on a tripod. I was aware of this but didn't want to take the time so I put my elbows in and didn't breathe so that I wouldn't get camera shake!

By the way, that hairlight is the sun. Even though it was very overcast, we still had enough light to highlight her hair!

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