Portrait session using Speedlights

My first Executive Portrait assignment using Speedlights.

I let my client know this was the first time I was using this set up and she kindly embraced the situation. It’s always a good idea to do this when using new equipment so if you appear a little unsure, your client at least knows the reason.

Speedlights can offer so many possibilities when they do function; no cords to trip on and the freedom to move around and use any locality you wish. Because I was in a studio environment, the speedlights’ sensors communicated well but when I eventually need to use them outdoors, I’ll have to employ wireless transmitters.

My key light was a very portable Lastolite softbox which produced lovely, natural looking light and the fill was an umbrella reflector. I used my trusty old Morris slave flash as background fill because the speedlight I wanted to use, couldn’t “see” the other sensors and didn’t fire. Another good reason to get wireless transmitters for future sessions.

The final image will be used on a website displaying various individuals in my client’s field of profession. I was surprised to see that many of the images on the site had clearly been taken by a family member or friend. Respectfully, my message to all professionals is pleeez use a Pro Photographer to take your image. Not only will you look professional, but you’ll look great also”

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