Best type of light for portaiture?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Questions thread
Barrie Davis
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Re: Best type of light for portraiture?
In reply to TristatePhoto, Apr 22, 2013

TristatePhoto wrote:

Barrie Davis wrote:

TristatePhoto wrote:

I still disagree.

Well, that's fine. You are allowed to hold any opinion you like.

It's so easy to learn about lighting and how to light your subject using only flash since you can easily check your cameras LCD

If you think that kind of delayed feedback is enough, then that is also fine. But, having seen a couple of your shots, I can't say it is working too well for you, I'm afraid.

I know that my own use of camera-top flash type only works as well as it does (tolerably well, at a push) because of a life spent working with lights that actually do shine light while I'm setting up.

As stated, this is particularly important while going through the learning process. With all due respect to you, it seems you are still at that stage, yourself, and in no position to tell anyone what equipment to choose, and how to use it.

I am sorry if this seems very harsh... but I am being honest. You deserve full honesty, because your motives in posting are good.

I am not jealous of your 70 dollar flashes. I have got a few myself. I thought I made that clear.

I just don't kid myself they are any substitute for studio electronic flash units.

I am in a stage to tell what equipment is fine. I get paid to shoot photography and my clients are happy with my photos.That's great! Uncritical clients can be very good for the ego when you're starting out!

I have yet to see a photo from you but when I do from the way that you talk I'm expecting some boring mediocre hi key shot taken in a studio with 1/2 lights and a basic pose.

Well, my gallery is available. I am also happy to explain how any of the shots were lit, if asked nicely!

Here are a couple of shots I took for a transport company that specialises in moving atom bombs. They were taken with studio flash, and just seconds apart, so I think it is clear I can handle flash units used in daylight, thank you.

Flash supplementing daylight

Also others should note that you did not comment on any of my work taken after my first photo shoot using off camera speed lites even with your nit picking going on as you won;t find anything wrong with them nor the ones that I've been taken recently.

Heck even the first shots that I took to me are perfectly fine.

I am glad you are happy with your results. However, I have made my opinion clear.

Okay well my opinion is that your two photos posted appear very bland and boring and have flaws with them lighting wise.

Ha ha! Thanks. I shall cherish your generous wisdom forever.

If you want me to nitpick like you did to me I have to say this, it's ashame that theres a shadow casted from the older man onto the right chest of the younger man.

"Casted?" You mean, "having membership of a caste?"

Oh you are so right! That shadow destroys the photograph, UTTERLY. I can't believe I made such a fundamental mistake. Please excuse me while I slit my throat as I am obviously too unworthy to continue living!

Maybe with modeling lights this issue wouldn't have arisen ;). Also, the bright reflection on the helmet is very eye catching and draws attention away from your subjects.

Yeah right!

Maybe if you knew your angles of incidence better the reflection would have never of shown up.

Oh dear! And to think we paid EXTRA for that reflection! I wonder if we can get our money back?

Those problems could of been fixed if you moved yourself slightly to the right which would have also hidden the shadow being casted onto the younger man.

"Casted?".....  (does not appear in my dictionary)

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