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

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by ERAUGrad04, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. ERAUGrad04

    ERAUGrad04

    271
    Jan 15, 2008
    IL
    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
     
  2. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    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.
     
  3. ERAUGrad04

    ERAUGrad04

    271
    Jan 15, 2008
    IL

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

    What book would you recommend??

    Thanks!!
     
  4. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    There are dozens out there. "Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers" by Christopher Grey is a good place to start.
     
  5. jshurak

    jshurak

    39
    Aug 14, 2008
    Philadelphia
    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
     
  6. Here's an approach to an indoor one flash portrait.

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    It will give you results like this.

    View attachment 240118
     
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