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I'm a professional photographer, part-time ninja and creative thinker. Specializing in headshots, portraits, hotel photography, real estate photography, common sense, bar wisdom and more!
Thanks Dylan. Im all excited to watch the videos. I started Chapter 1. Which white balance settings did you use when you mentioned temperatures? Im not very proficient in setting white balance temperatures. Also, coould you tell me how to private message you . Again, thank you !
Hey Gorge! My white balance was set to 4760 I believe, your best bet is to check your camera manual for how to set it but it will be under the K setting in Nikon's menu you press it and rotate the aperture dial to change it. But again just check the manual!
Good day to you dylan. I follow your work and all of them are awesome and brilliantly done. Can i ask you a question? Do you think using a shoot through umbrella will work on your cinematic headshot technique? Well until i could save more money to buy a good octa. :)
Hey Raymund! I apologize for the late reply. Thank you so much for the kind compliments. I absolutely think you can use an umbrella until you get an octa, you will struggle more with wind and the umbrella's won't stand up to it as well, but umbrella light is a beautiful light and would work great in low wind situations and make sure you have sandbags, or a backpack or bricks or something to weight it down!
Dylan, I have an older 70 to 200 Canon IS lens that is probably around 7 years old now. But it only goes to an F4. Can this lens with only an F4 still get the super soft background you get? Or will it just be good but not great? Need to know before I buy the tutorial. Have almost all the rest of your suggested equipment, just not the F2.8 you recommend (which, as you know, it a lot more expensive). Thanks!
Hey Shannon! So sorry for my delayed response. To answer your question you won't get them quite as blurry but it will still be good depending on the distance behind the model you have to work with, and also depends on if you are using full frame camera or not. However my suggestion would be to use what you have first find a spot with some space, get the feel and lighting/coaching in your comfort zone and then upgrade when a few sessions can pay for it.
Also there are more affordable alternatives you can use to the 70-200 2.8 I believe anything above 105mm is a solid length to work with. On my gear page we list some alternatives and you can get some of those used for even cheaper. Www.fstoppers.com/dylanpatrickgear
As you know, I'm a huge fan of your work in headshots as they're on-location, as well some of your fashion work like the cover photo here. Just curious as to how to get access to your locations, do you do what most other photographers do and shoot for a short time then go or ask permission and shoot for 1-3 hours in a setup shoot?
Hey Chris! Sorry for the late reply! Thanks for the kind words too! Most of my Headshots in NYC were shot on my roof which I had permission to use kept things simple as I only lived one floor below the roof...I always suggest find a spot near you so it's easy to setup/breakdown. As I demonstrated in the tutorial, so many things look cool out of focus don't get hindered thinking you need a pretty spot. For some of my non headshot environmental portraits, I either asked permission or just did it and left. The shot above was taken in my local bar with permission in the morning before the bar opened. Otherwise just find the spots you want and go for it. I find if you try to be respectful, don't block foot traffic and try to keep a small footprint people rarely bother you.
Hello again Dylan! Sorry to bug you with these questions but I am learning a lot of your headshot work. I noticed some of your headshots you have subjects slightly looking up towards the lens. Just curious why choose over a subject looking up than not looking up?
Hey Chris, sorry for the delay, in all honesty I can't really tell you, as I'm not shooting with a tripod, and shooting at such a long focal length I make a lot of small adjustments compositionally while I shoot, sometimes those are the winners, I can't say it's something that is done on purpose I just look for the "thought" to capture, also some peoples eye's have a natural tendency to appear that way.
I know you have and use a 70-200, and I'd assume its your go to lens for headshots. Have you ever used (or thought of using) the 85mm (fast ones for nikon, as I'm a canon guy) for headshots over the 70-200?
Hey Chris! I actually first started using the 85mm 1.8, and it was fine for awhile, I just found I wanted a lot more compression in the image to get it feeling more cinematic (to me). The working distance from your model is nice with the 70-200 as well. Both work, I just enjoy the compression of shooting more telephoto.
Thank you, that helped me decide over getting a 85 1.8 (for canon) vs. an upgraded version of my 70-200 (tamron currently have the non-IS version, so looking to upgrade that to the IS version [VC])
Hey Dylan! Love your work! I was wondering in your opinion on the difference of the hotrod and the non-hotrod octa from lastolite? I did some research and did find 2 negative reviews on the non-hotrod version and no reviews on amazon since its release in March 2013. Recommendations?
Hey Chris! The construction of the new ones are much easier to setup, but as to speaking of the negative reviews it's tough to say. I did go read them, and I can sort of see what the first guy is saying. It's a roll of the dice really with anything you by, and certainly there are other Octa options out there in the same price range that I'm sure accommodate speedlights. The one time I used the 40.25 I had a great experience with it, but as I had the 36 and I also have Elinchrom modifiers I never purchased it. My advice it to maybe look at Westcott or some of the others as well. Lastolite has always made great products, so perhaps it's just a fluke. It's also been a year so maybe that made unannounced modifications as well. Hope that helps!
yea I have the 30x30 lastolite and love it, I did read good reviews on the hotrod though so its either that or a westscott octa, thanks for the response Dylan!
Hi Dylan. It seems like you are using pocket wizard minittl in the preview video.I heard some not so good review about the equipment misfiring and other issues. Please advise.
Hi Gorge! I personally haven't really had any problems with them...You can also look into Phottix Odin triggers, they are available at B&H and are capable of High Speed Sync as well, please don't hesitate if you have more questions!