Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Instant Portrait Studio
Five essential tools for creating stunning portraits at home
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Interfit STR104 Softbox
To ensure your ability to create good light, we recommend having at least three lights on hand: one for the background, one as your main light and one for fill. If you already have a flash, you could consider adding additional flash units to your system. Pair them with an accessory softbox like Interfit's Strobies for soft, diffused light. Or, you could opt for monolights like Paul C. Buff's affordable AlienBees.
Paul C. Buff AlienBees
Check out the flash and lighting sections of our 2013 Buyer's Guide online for a variety of flash modifiers, monolights and more: dpmag.com/buyers-guide.
Davis & Sanford Carbonlite Transporter
You probably already have a photo organizer and processor such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Apple Aperture. Your next best investment is in a specialized portrait app like Anthropics Portrait Professional or ArcSoft Perfect365. Software like this can really speed up your retouching work, removing blemishes, smoothing skin tone and even tweaking facial geometry for flattering results with just a few clicks.
Here's another piece of equipment you may already own, but if not, you're going to need a tripod. Look for one that's lightweight and easy to adjust like the Davis & Sanford Carbonlite Transporter. Another key consideration is that the tripod's head have a quick-release plate in case you want to take the camera off the tripod to try interesting angles on your subject. Learn more about the newest tripods and camera supports at dpmag.com/supports.
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