|Nikon D3, 14-24mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000|
I love to use two different Flash systems outside.
1) I use the Nikon SB900 with SU800 on my Nikon DSLR or on my Nikon P7000. I also use the Radio Popper PX system to be sure the signal is consistently firing outside.
2) I use the Alienbees 1600 with a Vagabond Mini Lithium batter and the CyberSync system to fire them.
The first photo i used by SB900 to shoot the photos. I could shoot the photo and fill-flash with the hot shoe flash quickly and move around. The flash had to be very close to the people outside to be useful.
|Walk and Talk photo I like to use. Nikon D3, 24-120mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/160|
The next two photos are using a technique I learned from Jeff Smith a corporate photographer back years ago. Back then I was shooting film and with today's flashes this is easier to do.
I like having the subjects walk side by side talking to each other. Often as in the first photo they walk straight at me and other times like in the last photo they just follow the path of a sidewalk for example.
I have an assistant either carrying the Nikon Speedlite system or my Alienbees system. The advantage of the Alienbees is I can have the assistant further away and still with the power of this flash fill in easily. Actually, most of the time the Alienbees are firing at 1/16 or 1/8 power.
The assistant walks off to the side, usually lighting them at 45 degree angle to the camera. They walk just outside the picture frame and keep an even pace with them as they walk. You need to hire an assistant who can walk and chew gum at the same time for this technique.
|My portable system for Walk-and-Talk. AlienBees 1600, Vagabond Mini, CyberSync radio remote control|
|CyberSync Radio Remote Control|
If you use this Walk-and-Talk technique I recommend you tell them to walk close enough to each other they feel each other occasionally touching. In addition, I recommend one person talk and the other listen. Lastly, I ask them to look into each others eyes or at each others faces. There is a tendency for people to look at the ground or off somewhere else. I want them to look interested in each other.