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11-02-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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What type of lighting should I start with?

I just purchased a Pentax K7 that is supposed to arrive tomorrow via UPS. I'm very excited to get started with it!

I used to use a film SLR, but in recent years have used a point and shoot digital from Olympus.

If I want to begin taking portraits, what type of lighting that isn't too expensive for an amateur to learn with would you recommend?

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11-02-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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The sun has always been free. It has the advantage of being WYSIWYG, which is great for beginners.
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Bright sun is hard to control, causing harsh shadows and too strong contrast. A reflector in those situations may be handy, but you'd need a helper to hold it in place. Cloudy days are better in this regard, but tends to produce flat lighting to the subject with no flattering textures or 3D looks. It is not improved all that much with on-camera flash, but your pop-up flash can act as a fill flash to boost the subject's contrast.

That's where off-camera flash comes in. A lot more creative, a lot more control over your results - it's a whole new aspect of photography that needs a lot of reading and experimenting.
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These were shot outdoors with no lights, modifiers or reflectors.
It ain't rocket science.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
These were shot outdoors with no lights, modifiers or reflectors.
It ain't rocket science.
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This is true...there is no better light than natural light. You have just have to know how to use it.

Nice pics, by the way...what year it the pickup? I shoot a girl nekkid in on of those some years ago..fond memories..
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Once you have mastered shooting with sunlight, next is to shoot on overcast days were the shadows are subdued..........
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