Evening Maternity Portrait with 1 Speedlite

Updated: Apr 6, 2018

In this night session I used a large umbrella and speedlite to illuminate my subject and make her stand out against the dark, nighttime background.


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I love Canon and Yongnuo radio technology for these types of shots. No worries about cords or objects obstructing the flash sensors. First I exposed for the dark background, then added the speedlite shooting through a large umbrella. The 43" umbrella was just enough to spread the light over my subjects face and body and add some glow to the grass.

GEAR: Canon 6D, Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 600EX-RT, Yongnuo YN-E3-RT, Manfrotto 1004BAC light stand, 43" Fotodiox Umbrella

SETTINGS: 1/180 sec at f/4.0, ISO 400

I love the matte finish on this photo. I did have to use the burn tool to edit out a tree that showed through the dark background.

GEAR: Canon 6D, Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 600EX-RT, Yongnuo YN-E3-RT, Manfrotto 1004BAC light stand, 43" Fotodiox Umbrella

SETTINGS: 1/180 sec at f/4.0, ISO 400


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