Budget back light options

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  1. addyboo

    addyboo TPF Noob!

    Jun 4, 2010
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    I am on a tight budget.
    What's the best type of back light to use for portraits, especially black backgrounds? I want to make my subject "pop" away from the background a little more....especially dark haired people.

    Also if you can recommend any other lighting options for indoor portraits let me know. I am working with an SB600 with a flash trigger. I also sometimes have issues with my flash on black backgrounds. I can set up my umbrella on a white background and it snaps away with no hesitation. When I try it on the black background it doesn't. It blurs and doesn't like to click fast. Should I be setting my camera up different? Working on a Nikon D5000.

  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    The cheapest backlight will be an inexpensive second-hand flash triggered either via PC cord, or with a second flash-trigger.

    I'm not sure I understand your issue with the backgrounds. Do you mean that the camera won't focus properly, or that the flash won't fire properly, or ??

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