Qchan’s Portraits in Makeshift Studio

In previous post, myself and Qchan went to the lake nearbyfeatured image-QChan portrait makeshift studio
our place for a quick senior portrait session.

I wanted to test my newly acquired remote flash trigger, the Yong Nuo YN622c during the session but being new piece of equipment and lacking usage time with it, I could not get it to work when I wanted it to. All the eTTL flash fired were overexposed and I knew something was wrong but I had no time to troubleshoot due to the fast fading sunset.

But as soon as we lost the last ray of golden light, I tried seating the trigger unit to seat and its locking ring tighten properly. It turns out, the unit on my camera hotshoe was not seated properly and with a slight push and a satisfying *Click* , I fired a quick shot and the flash exposed properly.

Once we got home, I quickly set-up the one light that I have, a Canon 580EX with a shoot thru umbrella on a lightstand and the YN622c as remote receiver. One light is all I have and these are the results. And all these done in our living room.

iqaeds-photography-portrait-studio-offcamera-lighting-15Being just one light and shoot thru umbrella, the result is pretty dramatic, with the grey falloff background and the high contrast ratio. The light ratio is certainly not flattering like those glamor fashion shots but with some of Qchan’s poses, it just worked for us.

Depending on how the light hit Qchan’s face, the portrait could be somewhat moody or cheerful at times. Since there’s no modelling light, I can only chimp my result on screen to see if it works.


My favorite shot of the session!

Once we had tried with the shoot thru umbrella, I played around with the setup a bit and adjusted to have the light bouncing off the umbrella instead. This brought out a more bigger swath of light, at the expense of flash juice of course and slow recycling time but gave a more flattering look to the shot ( with the help of little retouching here and there too in Adobe Lightroom).


Light bouncing off white umbrella. The background is slightly brighter too from the bouncing light from our white ceiling.

From there, I fooled around in Adobe Photoshop and got the below;

Qila-Teen Vogue copy

For the record Teen Vogue, this is just messing around and not for real

Interesting when we get the flash off the camera eh? Hope you like the shots!