Strong Portrait Lighting

D800E, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, 1/250 second, f/2.8, ISO 100, manual exposure. Photo by: David Tejada

We go behind the scenes of portrait lighting with Speedlight flash master David X. Tejada.


Quick and Easy

Lockers as background seemed a nice touch for a workshop held at a university, especially when they could provide a smooth, colorful, non-distracting setting for the portrait.

It's a two-light setup, with the main light an SB-900 in the 9x13 LumiQuest LTp softbox on a boom and a second SB-900 aimed at the lockers. The familiar 30-inch Lastolite TriGrip reflector, with a Softsilver surface, bounced some of the main light up to the model's face. "It's a very simple, easy and effective lighting arrangement," David says.

In the setup shot you can see the monitor on which David and the workshop students check results as they appear via camera-to-laptop-to-monitor connections. "Usually at workshops we have so many people we have two monitors back to back so the students viewing at different angles get to see what's going on."  

The image is completely flash illuminated. The dim ambient light in the room didn't figure into the exposure and had no effect on the photograph.


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