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?

Daniel Lauring wrote:

mbloof wrote:

You forget that this is DPR where:...

In that case I'd get a set of 5 Profoto D1 500 Monoblocs (don't waste money on lights that change color temperature with power.)  Of course you'll want the Profoto Air Remote to go with it.  Couple those with Manfrotto caster stands with at least 3 booms for flexibility.  Get yourself a variety of Westcott and Profotto softboxes...octaboxes, stripboxes...etc. with matching grids.  A couple California Sunbounce' can use them in and out of the studio.  A beauty dish with grid.  An 18" MyRingLight.  Half a dozen sandbags.  Then you'll need a couple stands a a dozen or so backgrounds...some silk...etc.  Put it all in a 20x30 foot studio with a 15 foot ceiling and decent natural light window that you can close off when moving to all flash.

That should comprise arguably the best and it won't set you back much more than $10,000, plus monthly studio rental.  

P.S.  The OP did say best, so I agree it is fair to say constant color monolights with modeling lights and caster stands are best when compared to are good softboxes with grids to go with them.  Perhaps it would help everyone if the original OP also added a cost target.

Thank you for your suggestions. We'll bear them in mind, eh?

My suggestion was to aim for three heads of about 300 watt seconds each, equipped with proportional modelling lights of at least 200 watts, so they are not too feeble to use with softboxes and as the sole source of light in a studio situation.

I think mine is a reasonable compromise for a beginner between battery flash with no modelling lights whatsoever, and the rather excessively expensive kit that you propose, and which I don't think even you have yet had experience of.... (eh????)

Thanks again for your opinions, Daniel, even if they do exceed what you have actually used yourself. It's so very good of you to put in all that research  to give the OP an idea where her aspirations might take her!

Good on you!

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