July 6, 2010

Lighting for a Standard Portrait

Here is my preparatory session for a standard headshot.

What worked well:
  • Shot-through umbrella as a key light.
  • Camera in full manual. Start with ambient only underexposed by 2 stops. Add one light at a time.
  • Amazing retouching capabilities in Lightroom.
  • When used with umbrellas,  speedlight should be zoomed manually to 24mm.  11mm diffuser is even better but results in light loss.
What did not work:
  • Mixing light from a reflective silver umbrella and the one from satin shoot-through one.  Need to get another shoot through umbrella.

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