I have been wanting to get my flash off my camera, so my dad got me 2 Flex TT5 PocketWizards, a giant relective umbrella and a light stand. I've only tried it a couple times, but I had to share the following picture of Livia.
(Besides the giant shadow on the wall - oops!, or the fact that I didn't quite get all her fingers in the shot), do you like it? I'm so pleased with the whole thing I can hardly stand it! I was wanting to get a really good shot of her to show you all, but I couldn't wait any longer. I was without my handy helpers when I took this picture, and it's the best I could get at the time.
An e-friend said something to me last week that I still have in my head: "Natural light is great until there isn't any." Isn't that true?! I love natural light, and still prefer it when it's available. But as I said in an earlier post, I've felt so limited by it lately. You can only go here at this time of day, or there at that time of day. And you might have to stand on the ugly side of the building because the light is good, and you can't stand on the cool side of the building because there's no light.
My intention was to get this off-camera flash setup to use outside. I have so many ideas in my head, and I can't wait to share them: Using it as a fill flash in a backlit situation, a soft flash on my kids at dusk while dragging the shutter to let some ambient light in, the ability to get a bright blue sky with puffy clouds, and still have their faces exposed correctly...just to name a few! (The problem is the weather is going to be getting cold soon, so I might have to play with it indoors, but that wasn't my original goal).
Anyway, I'm yammering on and on and all you really want to do is see pictures, right? :-) But I was really pleased with my new equipment and wanted to share. I'm also going to share what I learn about flash along the way, because I know a lot of us are afraid of it, and have been told that we're not "supposed" to like it.
(This picture was taken in a completely dark room, with the flash firing into an umbrella behind me and to my right a bit. The flash and umbrella were attached to a large stand. Also, it required hardly any processing).