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Old 08-24-2018, 03:46 PM   #16
Joseph Cermak
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Originally Posted by bigbassloyd View Post
Height is your friend. Flashes do best at least 8 feet off the ground, and higher is better. Distance from the subject is important as well. If you're setting up the flashes less than 20 feet away from the subject (train), you may get to deal with hot spots, glare, etc. Flash width and output is also important so tinker with the settings to determine what mm and power settings yields the most even results for the composition. Keep in mind even when everything goes right, it can still go wrong. The failure rate will be high until you get comfortable with the process. Learning to place the train properly and click the shutter at the right time can be difficult to master.

The best advice that I can give however, is to remember you're illuminating a composition, not just a train. Don't forget to use fill light to give a sense of depth and character to the shot. A couple engines and a car or two in complete darkness sucks (with no apologies offered to those who do that).

For the crews, you can fire off a warning flash before they enter the scene if you like. However, if you're practicing proper placement, there should be no flash directly into their eyes if they are looking forward.

Loyd L.
Thanks, all sound like great tips, I'm looking forward to trying it out and seeing how it goes.
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