Portrait Lighting Questions

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by Little Cub, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. Little Cub

    Little Cub

    311
    Feb 13, 2007
    Vegas, baby!
    Hi Cafe!

    So I have a couple of soft boxes, a tungsten lamp and a few strobes. I am just starting on portrait photography and I have a question. How is a flash used if you already have a tungsten lighting the area? Can you use flahses only, or do you always have to have a "steady" lamp on? What is the best way to use a soft box, steady light, or a flash? I'm sure these are very "green" questions which is why I am coming to the pros :smile: Any help would be great!

    Thanks-
    Little Cub
     
  2. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    If you are starting out, I would suggest a strobe in a softbox as your main (and only) light. Buy a reflector or white foam core board and use that to fill any shadows on the side of the subject opposite to the main (key) light. There are a gazillion books on this subject and it is very easy to get hooked . . .

    This is a good on-line resource:

    http://www.studiolighting.net/
     
  3. It's not practical to mix flash and tungsten... WB and the flashes will overpower it easily.

    John's giving you good advice... a single light, softbox and white reflector. When you get the hang of that add a hairlight. When you get the hang of that, do whatever you want because you will have a sound fundamental understanding about studio lighting.

    The creative stuff doesn't come from books it comes from your heart... but first you need a strong foundation.
     
  4. Little Cub

    Little Cub

    311
    Feb 13, 2007
    Vegas, baby!
    Jfrancis and Czechman01,

    Thanks for your help! I will definately try your method of beginning with a single light. I have a small 10' x 10' "studio" (spare bedroom) that I can use and I have seen so many great shots taken here on the cafe.
    Czechman01, when you say, "add a hairlight," would that be a flash so as not to overpower the image with too much light? Again, thanks for your help!

    Little Cub
     
  5. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    The hairlight would be another strobe. The aim is to add a little light to the subject's hair, 'separating' them from the background, and adding a little 'depth' to the image.
     
  6. More good advice.
    I try to meter the hairlight to equal the key.
     
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