Advice on outdoor portrait shots lighting

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Advice on outdoor portrait shots lighting
Feb 22, 2010

Hi, first time posting on this forum.

In two weeks' time I will be doing a photo shoot for a friend pre-wedding.

I have done many porttraits, wedding shots under natural lights using my trusted 35 1.4L and 85 1.2L lenses but this time this couple want to do it outside at night, in places like in Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge, inside a subway station etc...

This time I would like to take well lit photos using artificial light.

The picture below is what i am aiming for.

I have no experience in using studio, softbox, strobe, umbrella etc... I don't have any lighting equipment except a EX-580 flash, a wireless transmitter ST-2E and a reflector board.

I would appreciate if someone can give me some guidance on:

1) How do you think the photographer did the shot below, to have well exposed subject and background?

2) What equipment should i get? Should I get continuous light or strobe? (but it is outdoor). Softbox vs umbrella? Also, do these equipment requires an external battery or even a generator???

3) is there a rule of thumb in camera setting?

Thanks.

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