One SB600/Lightstand/Umbrella-Best way to use it?

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Hello All! I recently took the plunge and picked up a SU-800 to get my SB-600 off the camera. Just playing around the house I can already see a massive improvement in image quality. I just recieved my 8' Impact lightstand with a 43" Wescott shoot through umbrella with umbrella bracket from B&H today. I am planning on adding another light/stand/umbrella to my collection, just not before I get the hang of off camera flash.

So with all of that said, what would be the best way to use only 1 light for portraits? Place it just above eye level to camera left/right? With the SB-600, what kind of working distances can I expect from subject to stand?

Thanks for all the help!!

Morgan
 
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For portraits, the closer the better. Get a good lighting book and practice with the one light to achieve loop, closed loop, Rembrandt and butterfly lighting patterns.
 
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For portraits, the closer the better. Get a good lighting book and practice with the one light to achieve loop, closed loop, Rembrandt and butterfly lighting patterns.


Ok...i give. What are loop, closed loop, Rembrandt and butterfly lighting patters?

What book would you recommend??

Thanks!!
 
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There are dozens out there. "Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers" by Christopher Grey is a good place to start.
 
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If I could use one word, I'd use 'Creatively'

The Master Lighting Guide is good for a foundation and you can only expand from there
 
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Here's an approach to an indoor one flash portrait.

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It will give you results like this.

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