Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Creative Lighting For Portraiture
Affordable lighting setups that can dramatically improve your images
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Portable flashes have become so powerful and capable that many photographers are using on-camera flashes to light entire scenes, whether on location or in the studio. Newer flagship models and more expensive flash units include robust wireless abilities as well, allowing control of multiple units straight from the camera within line of sight or remotely with reliable radio triggers and radio flash units from companies like RadioPopper, PocketWizard, MicroSync and Quantum Instruments.
Add any variety of flash light modifiers like umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes from companies like ExpoImaging, Harbor Digital Design, Gary Fong, Honl Photo, Interfit, LumiQuest, STO-FEN and others, and you have practically endless lighting configurations that will fit right into your camera bag.
Gels & Rogue Grids From ExpoImaging
I'm always looking for better ways to do things, which includes finding tools to make my work more streamlined and effective. The Rogue light modifiers have become some of my favorite tools due to their "pack flat and small" portability and their effectiveness in softening, shaping and diffusing my light.
I often shoot in tight spaces on location, such as this 8x10-foot space, and the FlashBenders' ability to take a shape and remember it helps dramatically in controlling the direction and contrast of my lights in those situations. The ease of mounting and use is also a major plus for me, especially on those "get in, shoot it and get out" location shoots.
—David Guy Maynard
Harbor Digital Design
Paul C. Buff
(Leap Devices LLC)
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