I am about being portable. I am also about urban landscapes. What’s better than urban portraits? In my mind not much. I love all styles of portraiture but there is something about these shots. I have slowly over the past few months built up a mini speedlight kit that I can easily carry in my camera bag and my tripod bag (light stand/umbrella/softbox). Though this kit is still basic, it really gives me options on lighting people well quickly on the fly.
The kit I am using is only two speedlights, but my main focus with the two is if it is a group of people getting even light across the whole group, and if a couple or individual, I use one as the main light and one as a rim light to draw them out of the background.
Now trying to light someone evenly and softly quickly I opt for just using a 46″ bounce/shoot through umbrella, or my 24″ Softbox. Not that creative, but these two make sure I get good light almost always.
Being a huge fan of Joe McNally I stick to using Nikon’s CLS and using my D700 or my SU-800 as the trigger for my flashes. I have yet to encounter a situation where I need to use radio triggers, but the more I am out there, I can see this happening, but for now I will save my money 😉
So what are your thoughts of on location lighting? What do you use? What kind of light modifiers do you use? I am interested in seeing what the opinions are on this since no one person will light a scene the exact same way.
Now I know this is not a portrait, I took some but they were selfies and I was just standing there, so here is just an HDR from the spot I was using as a background: