Portrait - light

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  1. Zachery

    Zachery TPF Noob!

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    Hi, I just visited the link to portrait taking for beginners, given by a group member. Very interesting stuff, but I've got just one question. When they mention use of light, eg using foil or a white box, am I to assume that you need to take the picture using the flash, or can you take it without?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Generally yes, you need light sources. It doesn't have to be a strobe, but they're generally the best option as you have the most control over them. A light source could be anything from the sun, to a desk lamp.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Those are light modifiers....things that help you to shape and control the light. Not actual light sources.

    Yes, a flash can be your light source, but it doesn't have to be.

    And if you are talking about the camera's built-in flash...then no, that is not what you want to use at all.
     
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    Thanks, Big Mike, that's what I thought.
     

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