Best type of light for portaiture?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Questions thread
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TristatePhoto Forum Member • Posts: 67
Re: Best type of light for portraiture?

Lena Hale wrote:

I do like how those photos came out. Butterfly lighting is my favorite, by the way, in case a particular piece of equipment is especially good for that. I don't really like the shadows cast by the other types except for a moody portrait.

Depends.

If you want soft lighting, a softbox such as the lastolite ezbox 24"X24" placed on a light stand directly over your head directly facing your subject while it being at their head level while keeping a reflector on the lightstands legs for fill will look best for flattering butterfly lighting portraits.

For more contrasty lighting use no modifiers or a smaller modifier.

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