I wanted to try the classic Hollywood beauty lighting. This is usually done with a studio flash and beauty dish, however I don't have either of these so I used a silver reflector umbrella with a diffuser over the front.
I attached the Canon 430EXII to the Ebay flash triggers and mounted it inside the umbrella. I set ISO at 200, the shutter speed to 1/125th and the flash power to 1:2.
I fired off a few test shots starting with the aperture of the Fujinon XF 18-55mm OIS at f4. Exposure looked OK at f6.4 so I measured the distance to Topsy's eyes and set the focus manually.
I took a few shots, altering the flash output in the 0.3 stop increments until we had the lighting we liked. for some shots we removed the diffuser which gave more contrasty shadows I had to reduce the flash power by a stop.
Images processed in Lr and Ps CC
|Fuji X-Pro1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm OIS|
|Silver umbrella with diffuser|
|Silver umbrella showing 430EXII|
|Ebay RF flash triggers|
|Fuji X-Pro1 with the lighting setup|