Featured Portrait – Self Portrait

30 May

Reza- Self Portrait


Well. Not a bad shot though it was a pain to light myself properly. See how I managed to get this shot and the lighting diagram below.


I was bitten by the DIY bug the last few days and have spend some time ‘building stuff’. I wrote earlier about my flash diffuser.

Old Flash diffuser

Well. I’ve changed it and made it a little bit more friendly to the eyes. They now look like this.
New flash diffuser

See the band around them? Well, its supposed to be red (ala Canon L lenses). Cheeky!!!

See this image of the Speedlite 580EX with the flash diffuser in action.

Flash diffuser firing

Anyway, this self portrait was taken with 2 speedlites. My 580 EX II was mounted on my ID Mark III and was set as master. My old 580 was mounted on a tripod and was set as a slave (and also set as geroup B). I used ETTL-II and set the ratio between group A:B as 1:8 which means that the slave acted as the main light and the on camera flash acted as a fill light.

The slave was placed at 45 degrees to my left. With a little bit of careful positioning I was able to get the soft shadows effect. Very easy now especially with my new found understanding of flash as well as my new diffusers both of which I owed to Chuck Gardner though I have to say I added some modifications of my own to the diffusers.

The lighting strategy is shown below. Please click through for a bigger image.
Light 1

Canon 1D Mark III
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 70mm
Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite 580 EX

f/5.6 1/200th ISO 400 manual exposure
flash fired 1:8 A:B ratio


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2 responses to “Featured Portrait – Self Portrait

  1. Western Image Photography

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Brilliant write up! I just finished reading CHuck’s webpage thoroughly, as I have been studying the use of Canon’s lighting system, and happened to stumble across Chuck’s site. It was wonderful to find him, and realize that what my partner and I had been learning and assembling on our own was actually correct! LOL The light bouncer is amazing, just made mine yesterday from foam, but I think I may like yours more, as it better resembles the interior of a softbox. I guess I’ll be building two more, this time with your recommended lining, and looking at the differences. I expect to post that outcome on my site. :O)
    Bravo – and go to the light!


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