Best lighting for simple portraits

Started Dec 13, 2007 | Discussions thread
Neil McKenzie Senior Member • Posts: 1,371
Re: Best lighting for simple portraits

Bobalooie wrote:

After a job loss of some 30 years, I've been encouraged to follow my
passion and dream and maybe try and make a small and simple living. I
live , eat, and breathe photography...what would your best idea be
for a simple, and inexpensive lightimng for portraits. I've mostly
used existing light with great results. But I would need a more
consistant source of light..(so I could consitantly eat) lol

Sorry, long winded I know...

question being.....Best, or prefered, inexpensive to start...portrait

Thanks in advance......

I think a good place to start would be:

  • A Nikon SU800 flash controller (you can use the built in flash on the D80 but this works much better).

  • An SB800 flash or two.

  • A convertible umbrella (shoot through white with removable black back)

  • A light weight light stand and hot shoe swivel head

  • A collapsible 5 way reflector.

This will give you a powerful and portable solution for many portrait situations and events.

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