Do I need a speedlight for portrait photography?

Share: We know that light is so important in portrait photography. If you don’t have adequate lighting to light your subject or at least their face, you could run into some problems. If you need more light for your portraits, using an external flash is the best place to start.

Can I use a softbox with a Speedlight?

Yes, you absolutely can, though not all softboxes are made for Speedlights. The key lies in finding a softbox which comes with a mount that is compatible with Speedlights.

Which softbox for portraits?

Large softboxes (say, 48-inches and larger) are ideal for group shots and full-body portraits. For example, the 12×56-inch rectangular softbox shown above is available for about $115.00 and would be an ideal choice for a full-body portrait, particularly if the model is lying down.

Is 120cm softbox too big?

Your 120cm (48″) softbox should be large enough for good soft light, especially for waist up shots of a seated mother with child.

What is the best aperture for portrait photography?

Portrait photographers prefer wider apertures like f/2.8 or even f/4 — they can focus on the subject and blur the background. That’s also why landscape photographers typically shoot in the f/11 to f/22 range — they want more of the landscape in focus, from the foreground to the distant horizon.

How do you shoot portraits with one speedlight?

One Speedlight Portrait Lighting Tutorial

  1. Step 1: Get the speedlight off-camera. Start by first getting your speedlight off of your camera.
  2. Step 2: Add a light modifier. Next step is to increase the size of your light source by using a speedlight modifier.
  3. Step 3: Place your focus on the subject.

How do you shoot with a speedlight?

The easiest way to use your speedlight is to aim it directly at your subject. The result is a decently lit subject, similar to the type of photo that a built-in pop up flash would produce. Notice how that colors pop more and the mask is more evenly lit compared to the photo shot in ambient light.

Which shape softbox is best?

Rectangular: The most versatile softbox shape. It has wide application in product photography and portrait photography. These softboxes were designed to mimic window light, specifically.

How do I choose a softbox?

In general, the smaller the light source, the more concentrated and harsher the light will be, and the larger the light source the softer the light is. Larger softboxes work well for portraiture photography or large areas as they produce softer lighting with more gradual transitions between light and shadow.

What is the best softbox size?

As a rule of thumb, the size of a softbox should be approximately the same size as your subject; meaning a head shot or half shot could require softboxes in the range of about 18 to 24″, whereas full-body shots could require multiple softboxes in the 48″ or larger range.