Best type of light for portaiture?

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

Daniel Lauring wrote:

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.

Exactly. You don't even need to buy a book to learn the basic lighting profiles and the best looking light profiles (butterfly & loop) are so easy that even my assistant knows where to position the lightstand/spoftbox in relation to my subject to get the lighting that I want.

Here are some examples of loop done 2 months ago and it was my third time using flash in a lastolite ezbox.

I'm going to take a guess and say that he's going to try to say "this is wrong or that is wrong" to continue to try to convince the OP that studio light is the only way to go but me and the model a long with others were happy with how the photos turned out.

Basic loop lighting. Sometimes the simplest lighting looks best.

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