Lighting help request
Posted 13 February 2012 - 18:44
I'm a passionate landscape shooter and I'm challenged to shoot a series of portraits of a group of beautiful women. They know my landscape work and they have high expectations for their portrait shoots.
Unfortunately I have neither experience in portraits nor a good lighting equipment. I don't want to disappoint them, so I'm asking for help.
I shoot with a D700 and I have a descent set of lenses, but no special portrait lens. I don't like the 85mm focal length, so I'm thinking about the 105mm 2.8 AFS micro nikkor. Does it deliver good results when used as a portrait lens?
Next: flash. I own a SB800. When I had to shoot portraits indoors, I bounced the light from the flash via the ceiling to my poor victim - with mediocre results. So I think I need a lightbox or an umbrella to reflect the flashlight. Also I need a tripod for this. Can you give me some buying tips?
How do I trigger the flash? I don't really know how it works, but I've read about Nikons CLS. Do I need a radio trigger (if yes, which?) or is the built-in flash enough for me?
Thanks in advance,
Posted 13 February 2012 - 22:13
If you want to go crazy, you can get a background stand setup (pretty inexpensive) and some backgrounds.
Portrait results will be much better using the umbrella rather than bouncing off the ceiling. You could also bounce the light against a white surface such as a reflector or large piece of foam core or wall to the side with good results. The idea is to control and shape the light to create nice modeling of the subject. Usually, you don't want even light on the subject so you can create a more 3-dimensional look.
There are a number of web sites that give examples of this. With a bit of practice you can produce great results. Others here will no doubt provide some additional excellent advice.
Edited by Longhiker, 13 February 2012 - 22:53 .
Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:45
Cowboy Studios makes a rather inexpesive set of stands with two umbrellas and 4 lights for under a hundred. The lights were worthless but the stands and umbrellas went a long way for me with the addition of some clamps to mount my speedlights.
Bouught the set with a big bag on amazon.
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