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Reflector

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I have wondered if there might be a way to use flashlights as portrait lighting in my studio to create a headshot with relatively cheap and very portable lights. My goal was not to do the most creative portrait but to see if it was possible and what kind of problems I might encounter. And there were a few.

If this test turned out producing good lighting, I might be tempted to build a small kit including some bright flashlights and good solutions for attaching them to my lightweight studio stands (the Manfrotto Nano would be my choice).

It was quite different compared to using Profoto B1:s and D1:s together with all the lighting modifiers I am used to have at my disposal.

Behind the scenes, lighting diagram etc…

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In my ongoing project of shrinking my equipment bag for quick portraits on location, I have now reached a milestone. This time I just had to pack one Speedlight SB-910, one black/white umbrella, a Lastolite TriFlip collapsible reflector and two light stands. Plus the connectors and clamps needed to attach them.

I usually bring two Profoto D1 or one AcuteB 600R for assignments like this, but as this was inside a building and no sun to battle, bringing just enough to get the work done felt like a good idea. And it was.

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Sometimes, being a photographer can be this simple. An author, a tree, a silver reflector and a cloudy day. And a Nikon D700 and a 85mm/1.4 lens.

Normally, overcast skies are not my number one choice of weather for portraits, but if you add just a silver reflector it can be just fantastic. It is something with the saturation of colours and the softness of the light that works very well with faces.

Take away the reflector and it often gets quite ugly with dark eye sockets and boring contrast, in my opinion. It might be even better with a combination of white and silver in the reflector, but if the effect of the silver one is too strong, just place it a bit further away or hang a bit of black clothing on it to make it less like a mirror.

Portrait with hair light

I often use light from behind to act as rim light in my studio portraits, and might even call that light hair light if it lights the hair. But that is not entirely correct, I think. “Real” hair light should be focused on the hair more, from higher up.

This portrait, or headshot, I took of a woman wanting a good profile picture for her CV and online services such as LinkedIn is a good example of how a hair light can make the ordinary lighting look a little bit more glamourous.

Two light, a grid and a DIY reflector…

Here comes the sun. Soon.

February 28, 2012 · 0 comments

Outdoor portrait with reflector and diffusion panel in sunlight

This is just a reminder that soon a lot of my assignments can be done with just a reflector and a diffusion panel. And not having to freeze while taking a stiff portrait of some poor guy or girl outside in the cold just to use the little natural light that might be available around lunch just before it gets dark again.

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Sunlight is very hard to beat when it comes to lighting a portrait, and even if you surround your models with stands and screens, they are a lot more relaxed out in the open than they are in the studio.

I really look forward to be able to work with sunlight again.