Best type of light for portaiture?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Questions thread
Daniel Lauring
Daniel Lauring Veteran Member • Posts: 9,342
Re: Best type of light for portraiture?

Barrie Davis wrote:

Except that you CAN'T actually see it until you have a test shot, and then you are seeing it only 3" across instead of life size.

Even then, you are giving your attention to the back of a camera, which means you are NOT giving it to the model. Photographers have no idea how annoying this constant chimping is for the model. It is extremely rude. If you MUST do it, you must share the image with the model to involve her fully in the business of being photographed.

If speed lites aren't going to "overpower" the sun, model lights certainly aren't either.  No matter how good your model lights, some setup and chimping is still required, either with the actual model or with an assistant.  The more experienced the photographer, the quicker they can nail the setup.

As far as models go, they are used to sitting around and waiting.  It comes with the territory.  It is more important to get it right with non-pros.

IMHO, speed lites are a great way to get started.  Just like not everybody needs to start with a Nikon D4 or a Canon EOS-1D, not everyone needs to start lighting with $5000 dollars worth of mono-lights and triggers.

You can start with a perfectly functional setup of Nissin or Yognuo flashes and Yognuo triggers and manual mode, a couple of light stands and some umbrellas, a reflector and maybe a softbox.  This set up is light weight, portable and can be put together for $200-$300.  If you like it, move to studio lights...or OEM speed lites and TTL triggers.

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