MainShoot Photography: Blog http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog en-us (C) MainShoot Photography ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:08:00 GMT Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:08:00 GMT http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/img/s4/v65/u374232745-o936326541-50.jpg MainShoot Photography: Blog http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog 96 120 Cheap Off Camera Flash Setup for Portraits http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2016/2/cheap-off-camera-flash-setup-for-portraits I've recently been taking images of work colleagues for a digital yearbook we are putting together and thought I'd share the setup I've been using.

I've been really impressed with just how cheap the setup is which proves that pretty much anyone can put together a setup for portraits that's both inexpensive and highly portable.

I also ran a session at my local camera club recently where I was demo'ing the use of both studio lights and this cheap/portable setup. For the demo I really wanted to do wireless shooting (so the images would appear on my iPad immediately after taking the photo) for everyone to see.  After a bit of searching on the Internet, I found a great free app that works with both Nikon and Canon wifi-enabled cameras).  I've included the details of the app below too.

 

My setup consists of:

2 x Yongnuo YN-560 III Flashes

These cost c. £45 each on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BXA7N6A/ref=pe_385721_37038051_TE_3p_dp_1)
As these flashes have a built in receiver, you only need a single transmitter to fire them (see next item on my list)

2 x Yongnuo RF-603 Wireless Triggers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A4XBGQA/ref=pe_385721_51767431_TE_dp_1
These cost c. £22 for 2 including a remote control cable too!

 

I then had a bracket (sorry can't find the link to this) which lets you attach the 2 flashes side by side onto one of these (which costs £5.32)!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004YNF3DI/ref=pe_385721_37038051_pe_217191_31005151_3p_M3T1_dp_1

The bracket above was then fixed to a stand pointing into a Bowens brolly (costing about £41):

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-bowens-umbrella-115-cm-46inch-silver-white/p1004999?mkwid=sec10x8jo_dc&pcrid=89741351819&kword=&match=&plid=&gclid=coqcmsn_gcscfqhugwod0-4hiq

For less than a couple of hundred pounds you can get the full setup to allow you to shoot studio quality portraits at a fraction of the cost.

The wireless tethering app I mentioned is called 'Helicon Remote' and is available for free on the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/helicon-remote/id957334044?ls=1&mt=8) or via their website here (http://www.heliconsoft.com/software-downloads/).

 

 

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) Studio brolly cheap flash inexpensive light photography portable portraits quality speed yongnuo http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2016/2/cheap-off-camera-flash-setup-for-portraits Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:04:01 GMT
Olympus Big Shoot Experience Photo Shoot http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2015/3/olympus-big-shoot-experience-photo-shoot Had a great day with Damian McGillicuddy on his Olympus Big Shoot Experience day at Kirklees Hall photographing the lovely Zara in a superb country mansion. 

The idea behind the day is to have a go with the various Olympus kit - camera bodies and lenses but you're completely free to use your own kit too which is perfect for comparing shots etc.

Some of the photos I took are here on my Flickr site:

https://flickr.com/photos/40783527@N00/sets/72157651591705581

 

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2015/3/olympus-big-shoot-experience-photo-shoot Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:08:59 GMT
Family Album Video http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/12/family-album-video Been doing some more video creations - this time a Marshall family photo album video you can view here:

 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/embed.animoto.com/play.html?w=swf/production/vp1&e=1418593773&f=S0pHp100PB5Y04oT5n9NFw&d=0&m=p&r=480p&volume=100&start_res=480p&i=m&asset_domain=s3-p.animoto.com&animoto_domain=animoto.com&options=" allowfullscreen

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/12/family-album-video Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:53:09 GMT
Busy Day planned for Saturday http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/8/busy-day-planned-for-saturday Got 2 studio sessions booked in for this Saturday now. 

Also now have 500 business cards and a new softbox that connects to my flash. 

Hopefully this is everything sorted now and I can get on with actually taking some photos!

 

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/8/busy-day-planned-for-saturday Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:46:29 GMT
Studio Update http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/8/studio-update

 

All set and ready to go!

Just need some customers now!!

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/8/studio-update Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:13:04 GMT
Dry Run Setup Day http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/dry-run-setup-day Going to the studio today for a final cleaning session and to setup everything for a first test. 

This will involve putting up my backdrop and light units and then giving it all a test (assuming I have enough extension leads!)

Will also mean I'll need to assemble the softbox with its awkward metal rods that took me 20 minutes to do last time!

Flooring has arrived but won't be down until next week and then all should be set for starting the photography at the end of July/early August if all goes to plan. 

The box of props is coming along nicely now too. It currently contains:

- A bubble machine and catchable bubbles. 

- Sunglasses. 

- Pirate gear (hook, eyepatches, swords etc). 

- Multi-coloured gear (skirt, hat, blue hair wig, slinky!, bouncy ball). 

- Feather boa and jewellery for the girls. 

- Baby props including a very cute knitted frog hat. 

 

 

 

 

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) Studio cleaning demo dry practice run setup http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/dry-run-setup-day Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:17:56 GMT
Cleaning Phase 1 Complete! http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/cleaning-phase-1-complete Had a couple of hours at the studio after work.

Mopping the floor, cleaning marks off the walls and chasing a massive bee out of the window twice!

Looking much more like a studio already. 

Next step is to measure the room again for the white Lino I'm going to put down. 

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/cleaning-phase-1-complete Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:06:44 GMT
Got the keys to the studio space today! http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/got-the-keys-to-the-studio-space-today Still lots of cleaning and preparation to do including sourcing some white vinyl flooring.

Hopefully get everything sorted for end of July.

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/got-the-keys-to-the-studio-space-today Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:21:11 GMT
Website taking shape http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/website-taking-shape The website is now taking shape and I've now created products and price lists.

No longer a free trial but a fully paid up subscription now for the next 12 months.

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/website-taking-shape Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:15:33 GMT
First e-mail http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/first-e-mail Now received my first e-mail contact through the website asking to book a studio session in July/August.

Best get a shuffle on to make sure I'm ready!

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/first-e-mail Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:14:10 GMT
Getting Ready! http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/getting-ready The studio space has started to be cleared and I've now started buying the 'bits and pieces' that I'll need.

Been shopping today and now have a multi-coloured hair wig (!), a bubble machine, some fairy wings and a couple of other colourful toys for the studio.

My background frame and black backdrop also came today to go with the white backdrop I already have so I'm starting to build up quite a stock now.

Still to come is the green backdrop that will allow me to do 'green-screen' effects like they do in the movies.  I should be able to photograph someone/something and then completely replace the background.  Anyone want a photo in front of a famous landmark or with a famous celebrity? Should be able to easily do these soon!

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ianemarshall@outlook.com (MainShoot Photography) http://www.mainshootstudio.co.uk/blog/2014/6/getting-ready Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:08:59 GMT