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    What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside studio?

    I do not have a studio and plan to take more environmental portraits using portable lighting equipment. What lighting equipment do you use when you do environmental portraits? Thanks! David

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Ac power? Film/f-stop/modifier? One person/group? Headshots or...?
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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Want to use DC power and do one person portraits in general. Thanks.

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    Ac power? Film/f-stop/modifier? One person/group? Headshots or...?

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    Want to use DC power and do one person portraits in general.
    At what typical working apertures?

    EDIT: And with what sorts of light modifiers, if any?

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    I probably use F8-22 and I don't have any lighting equipment now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    At what typical working apertures?

    EDIT: And with what sorts of light modifiers, if any?

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Environmental means environment, so the natural scene with the subject in it...

    Look at the work of Arnold Newman, he used existing light but maybe added a single light for his subject usually...

    This can be merely a cheap painters light just over the lens to fill in shadows and even out the subject... And not so bright as to overpower the ambient lights...

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Well said, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    Environmental means environment, so the natural scene with the subject in it...

    Look at the work of Arnold Newman, he used existing light but maybe added a single light for his subject usually...

    This can be merely a cheap painters light just over the lens to fill in shadows and even out the subject... And not so bright as to overpower the ambient lights...

    Steve K

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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    White Lightning X3200 with Vagabond battery, 54 inch umbrella. White or gold reflector opposite.


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    Re: What portable lighting equipment do you use when your shoot portraits outside stu

    Newman did what it took to get the shot, simple or complex as the assignment demanded. If your subject has good natural light, then it's easy, just add some refllectors and fill cards as necessary.
    If not, then a flash kit is the way to go. The power requirements for LF work point that way. I use Dyna-Lite gear on location, but then I've had that kit for decades.
    Of course no two photographers work the same way...and you'll hear a lot of different answers (I hope).

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