This past weekend, the Bay Area Photo Club held one of our monthly field trips, this time shooting informal portraits at a local park. Since we started taking photos around 7:00 p.m. to get the best light and cooler temperatures, most photographers used off-camera speedlights to add a little pop to the images. The photo above is of Celeste, a coworker of mine, and her daughter. Celeste, her sister Colleen, and Celeste's daughter were gracious and patient enough with us to let themselves be our test subjects for about an hour - a big thank you to them.
It seems like almost every time I work with my flash I learn a thing or two. Instead of throwing it on the hotshoe and shooting TTL, it's really amazing the power of those small units when used creatively and efficiently. The image above was lit with a Nikon SB800 shot through a small softbox high and off-camera left at 1/8 power; exposed at 1/125 sec at f/4 in manual mode.