2 Flashes for Portraits

Started Jan 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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soundwave2 Forum Member • Posts: 92
2 Flashes for Portraits


I currently have two flashes at my disposal--2 units Yongnuo 468 II. One is actually borrowed from a friend who is in a business trip.

Anyway, I would like take indoor portraits. Will these two be enough?

Shots would be:
Head shots
Bust shots
Half body shots
Full body shots of of individuals
Full body shots of a group

Backdrop would be a wall somewhere in the house. It may be covered with colored sheets as needed/preferred by the subjects.

All shots would be indoors as chairs and sofas can be arranged. Technically, these people (friends and family) want to be shot inside the house, so I can not really argue about that...not yet, not right now that I am still beginner.

I have the Canon 550D and the following lenses:
50mm 1.8
24-70 2.8

I also borrowed flash triggers which seem to work fine with the flashes and my camera. Don't ask about the brand, it's Chinese, and I can't find the brand name.

If they don't work, the Yongnuo 468 II can be triggered by the 550D's pop-up flash. I guess this could a fill light as well?

What would be a good set-up to get wonderful shots?
Where should the flashes be positioned? What would be the power?
Should the ceiling fluorescent lamps be turned off?
Should there be a reflector?
Should the flashes have diffusers? or softboxes?

What about camera setting?
Aperture priority?
Shutter priority?
What would be the f-stop?

I am asking a lot. Please help a beginner get beautiful shots like yours.

Thanks in advance.

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4)
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