Creative Flash Portrait Photography, Tutorials and Ideas by Dom Bower

18 04 2011

Check the blog http://www.dombowerphoto.blogspot.com Here is a video to give some ideas tips and suggestions of the more creative looks you can give your portrait photos. Some of my terminology may not be totally correct, and i may get in trouble from other photographers for giving away all these creative secrets! But hey! I am all about giving. However i would love to recieve more of your suggestions and also if you have any photos that you have taken using these techniques or more advanced ones please make a quick video and send them in or contact me on my website http://www.dombower.com Kind regards Dom Photos taken with the nikon D300, and Tokina 11-16 mm f2.8 (around £500) flashes were the nikon sb900 (around £350) and sb800 (around £290) Flash stands cost around £40, the heads cost about an extra £30 and the umbrella about £30 as well. Help Me keep making these videos by checking the link below . It takes you to the online store that can sell this stuff. http http://www.dombower.com facebook page http twitter twitter.com


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18 04 2011
AkHarith67

interesting and….. creative!

19 04 2011
jcvanderham

Hey Dom. Cool video. What are good apertures and shutter speeds for this type of low key flash portraits? Thanks for your time!

19 04 2011
Baan26

What settings do you have ur camera on to get that effect?

19 04 2011
dinh

wow, you are so hot. yummy!🙂

19 04 2011
disruptfam

silly question how did you make your sb900 menu blue?

19 04 2011
dombower

@valentinwb crazy thing is i made one of these last week. got it in the line to put on youtube thisweek, but it will be on the new channel dombowerphoto.

19 04 2011
valentinwb

Hey Dom,
I am 16 years old and want to improve my photography knowledge.
Could you make a video of “how to take a (highspeed) picture of an object dropping into a glass of water” where you can see every detail of the splashing water.
I really want to know, how to setup your camera and the flash.
And how to get the white or black background without any texture.

I am a great fan of your video, keep going and help the world of photography.
Thanks a lot

19 04 2011
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19 04 2011
HellbellyUK

@hurrikanesolutions You can kill the ambient indoors just by setting the camera to MANUAL mode and setting your shutter speed to 1/200 of a second or so. At 100ISO that should make it pretty much black, with the exception of any direct sunlight or windows in the shot.

19 04 2011
HellbellyUK

@lucban2008 You would need either a set of radio triggers or a Canon ST-E2 flash controller if you wanted to keep E-TTL metering. Or you could even get a long E-TTL cable (flashzebra sell them up to 7 metres!).

19 04 2011
HellbellyUK

@KrispVisions Sounds like line of sight problems. Indoors this isn’t so much of a problem as the signal from the controller bounces around off of the walls etc, but outside you can times when the slaves can;t see the signal. One tip is to make sure if you can that the slave “eye” on the flash is facing the controller flash. On Nikon flashes this is the small dark plastic “window” above the battery door, NOT on the front of the flash (like Canon flashes)/

19 04 2011
HellbellyUK

@UnDeadKnight1 Best radio triggers on a budget are probably the Young Nuo RF-602 triggers. I got mine from cotswoldphoto on ebay. As for stands you can pick up a cheap stand from Amazon for about a tenner (by konig) Not the best stand in the world but for a tenner you can’t go wrong, certainly enough to start. Add a brolly adapter (cotswoldphoto again) and a couple of cheap brolly’s from ebay and you’re set.

19 04 2011
SuperLudjak

Hello Dom.I love your vids.I have nikon D90 and SB 900,and I would like to make some pics to look like yours,but every time it’s too bright.How can I get pic to be dark behind me?What should I change on my sb or nik? Help me.Thanks Dom.

19 04 2011
harmerj

So you just felt like not wearing a shirt?

19 04 2011
hurrikanesolutions

Great videos really enjoyed and learned a lot. My question is what camera settings were you using to really get the “blank” or dark backgrounds. Clearly there was ambient light in the room so I am interested to know why that doesn’t show in any of these examples.

19 04 2011
sselians

real cool

19 04 2011
lucban2008

I have a canon 50D and a 430ex speedlight, can i use this as a slave flash or do i need a trigger and a receiver?

19 04 2011
norize222

I luv u mr.bower!

19 04 2011
thelairdofdraffan

Hey Dom, loving your vids, many thanks, JR Motherwell.

19 04 2011
thelairdofdraffan

Hi Dom, congratulations on your successful channels. Just started out myself and been mucking around with flash (D90/SB600/Bowens 400w) and having great fun. Keep them coming and thank you.

JR
Motherwell

19 04 2011
dombower

@UnDeadKnight1 no idea never used it

19 04 2011
UnDeadKnight1

This helped me tons, thanks man.

Any idea what would be a good light stand to use with the canon EX580II and a decent wireless trigger? I’ve heard good things about the Cactus, what are your thoughts on it?

19 04 2011
appleliciouzs

dom, thanks for the tips. i’ll start using flash after 2 to 3 weeks. and i am really excited and you make me more excited because of you ideas. cool. i enjoyed watching your videos. more power! and keep inspiring people like you do in mine.🙂

19 04 2011
dombower

@wint3rz head to the blog for links




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