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    January 28, 2008

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    maya

    fantastic. thanks so much for this. seriously, you might consider a donate button on this site. i would totally donate today.

    hugs.

    Shannon Steffens

    Thank you for sharing. I really appricate your taking the time to share with all of us. Where did you get that bowl? she was sitting on that is a great prop.

    Mallika Malhotra

    Thanks for the great info! I've printed it out to keep in my files. Have you ever taken your studio setup to shoot outdoors? So you'd have natural light with the uniform colored background....do people even do this?

    Jessica

    I have not tried to do it outdoors because I think the wind would probably be a problem, plus I'd need some sort of overhang so we wouldn't be in full sun. I have setup at some homes where they had nice INTERIOR natural light and been able to shoot without the lights which is great. This newborn shoot was all done in their nursery using only natural light and many of the photos used my black backdrop. I did have to burn in the backdrop in some where you could still see too much light since I couldn't have them as far away from the backdrop as I would have liked (I mean, it was a nursery after all). I did that session using a 50mm lens because I would not have been able do full body with my 85mm in such a small space.

    Derek

    Do you have trouble with the seamless on carpet? I noticed you have a stool on it and I've had times where something like that would poke through the paper if it was on a soft surface like carpet.

    World Wedding Photojournalist

    I'm not sure that counts as mobile, cause you'd need a car. Let's define mobile as what you can take on the subway. Here you can view mine: http://makelightreal.com/reviews/camera-bag/

    Jessica

    Neil - Subway, Ha! There is no public transportation in Katy TX and so I'm "lucky" in that I take my car with me to my shoots. Even when I go into Houston it makes more sense for me to drive since it takes FOREVER to get most places and it really wouldn't be safe for me to be hauling my equipment with me. I haven't taken the paper with me yet to a client home but I've been able to take everything else and a black fabric backdrop into a client home with one trip to my car between a wheeled cart and shoulder bag.

    Derek, I think my carpet is fairly firm so even with my daughter sitting on the stool shown it did not poke through. Maybe for a bigger kid. Certainly having something firm under the paper would have been helpful. I know a lot of people use plexiglass over their paper but I didn't want something that big that I'd have to haul around with me. When the weather improves I could definitely see rolling this out in my garage instead which would be much better.

    Jessica

    Shannon, the big basket was something I got on clearance at Target in the fall for something like $8! It is super strong so sometimes I use it to stand on if I need extra height, I use it for kids and adults to sit on, and for babies to sit in. It is by far one of the best investments I've made in props!

    peter

    Love your bees ;-)

    I see you are using a paper backdrop. How do you like that compared to muslin? obviously it works but how about durability?

    Using any fill light?

    I like the setup, simple as it may be it just seems to work :-)

    Scott Webb

    do you use this set up for your outdoor shoots? Not the backdrop, but the alien bees? For any fill or anything? Or your outdoor shorts are all natural lighting? Was just curious.

    Jessica Grieves

    This is no longer my active email address. Email sent to the account is forwarded to my new address but I encourage you to update your address book. Im using a less spam friendly email address now as this provider tends to have problems with accounts getting hacked quite frequently and I get a lot of spam on this domain too.

    Jessica Grieves

    This is no longer my active email address. Email sent to the account is forwarded to my new address but I encourage you to update your address book. Im using a less spam friendly email address now as this provider tends to have problems with accounts getting hacked quite frequently and I get a lot of spam on this domain too.

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