I’ve received a few DM’s and messages about the photo I recently posted of Maylin, asking about me about my lighting settings and setup.


So here is its.

I used the window light as my main light – we shot around 10AM and the light that was coming through the window was strong but defused due to being a cloudy day. Room being a light colour helped a bit by bouncing the light back on the subject.

I used the Elinchrom ELB 400 head with Rotalux 100cm square softbox (internal defuser only) as my fill, it was placed at a 45 degree angle from the subject. The head was placed on the B channel and was set at a low power, not to overpower the ambient light from the window or the lamp.

The shot was taken with a 35mm lens with the camera set to ISO 160, it was then manually set to f3.5 aperture and 1/125 shutter speed. By placing the lens close to the lamp and making use of the depth of field at f3.5 the foreground lamp melted away leaving the out of focus bright orange affect you see in the image this was caused by fthe tungsten bulb in the lamp.

So there it is. See diagram below.




So thanks to Vistek Canada ( and Nikon Canada, I was able to check out both these amazing bodies … the D5 retail ready and D500 Pre-Retail so there are things that may change. The D5 releases March 24th and D500 sometime in April 2016.

From the get go to major changes just a lot of improvements on there prior body. That said the two things that stuck out for me was the AF system and the ISO ratings.

The Auto focus options just demolishes what came before, smarter and more adaptive just bananas yes I said bananas. The ISO rating goes up all the way to 3.28 Million ( most people will never go that high unless your doing recon for the army or surveillance for the police or your James Bond ) but the noise and details in the high native ISO ratings up to ISO10000 was ridiculous. The D5 is a 20.8mpx FX camera.

I’m not a video guy but both bodies do 4K UHD and downsampled if needed.

For my needs the D5 would be an amazing upgrade from my current D5 if I was looking to upgrade, Ill wait til the D6 or D7 comes out.