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?

mbloof wrote:

Daniel Lauring wrote:

I've seen just as many give up because they are told they need $5000 dollars worth of equipment to "do it right."  The "investment" in speedlights and triggers is low, and isn't wasted if one upgrades to monolights because they are still useful when traveling.  Alternatively, I've seen guys buy entire three light studios and not have a clue what to do, sending light every which way and giving up as well.

You forget that this is DPR where:

- Everything that but the current generation Top-Of-The-Line cameras can take only snap shots

- If there is not a 'red stripe' on the lens the glass is junk

- Natural lighted portraits are snap shots

- Only 'pros' can produce portraits, anything else is a snap shot

- If the portrait does not look like it was stolen from a fashion/glamor rag its a snap shot

- Your work is junk unless your netting 6 figures as a full time photographer

- $5000 of lighting gear is required to create anything but a snap shot

If it has not already been mentioned, I'd recommend to the OP to get the book "Light Science & Magic" along with "The Hot Shoe Diaries". Youtube is your friend. There are 100's of short and information packed videos on portrait photography.

Stop carping! It isn't justified, as would be evident if you had noticed which actual camera was used to take the truck-loading shots.

As already stated, I use low-cost hot-shoe flashes all the time.

Because of this I know their liimitations. That's why I don't recommend them for anyone who wants to know what is BEST, especially when they are learning.


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