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Originally Posted by mrwesth View Post
You can take "professional" looking portraits with a 100w lightbulb from home depot the sun and a cheap $100 camera with full manual exposure settings.

Point is you don't need fancy gear--it gives you more control, but don't go out and buy a bunch of gear expecting professional photos, then wonder why your pictures aren't any better.
Depends what you consider professional i guess, and just relying on the sun with no other equipment kind of limits creativity, don't you think?
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Depends what you consider professional i guess, and just relying on the sun with no other equipment kind of limits creativity, don't you think?
Not all professionals aspire to give their images a studio/commercial look. If that is what the op is going for, he can still accomplish that with the gear he has. Point is you don't need profoto heads and modifiers to get great photos. They are fabulous to work with, but you can make stunning images without them.

You could also say it encourages creativity to use only ambient/natural light. It is such a subjective discussion...

Just saying this guy has all the equipment he needs to get professional looking photos.
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Ok I'll reply to multiple posts in this.

-Segovax; Yes it is, couple years ago for an Alaskan cruise I was on

-mrwesth; I love you . You are incredible, I don't need the book to tell me what those three things are. You did it in 5 lines. Thank you kindly good sir.

-ljason8eg; I don't want to break the bank on this. I want to take a simple yet good looking portrait photo. I know that is easy to do with limited resources like mine

The type of portraits I am looking for are basic chest and up shots. So tripod, my umbrella light (I have no idea what it is, its just meant for photography as its not mine)
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Ok I'll reply to multiple posts in this.

-Segovax; Yes it is, couple years ago for an Alaskan cruise I was on

-mrwesth; I love you . You are incredible, I don't need the book to tell me what those three things are. You did it in 5 lines. Thank you kindly good sir.

-ljason8eg; I don't want to break the bank on this. I want to take a simple yet good looking portrait photo. I know that is easy to do with limited resources like mine

The type of portraits I am looking for are basic chest and up shots. So tripod, my umbrella light (I have no idea what it is, its just meant for photography as its not mine)
Glad it helped a little. Keep in mind those are the dumbed-down need to know facts about your 3 determining factors of exposure.

As for your question about lighting, I will again stress look at strobist.com. Click lighting 101 on the right hand side and read all of that. You don't need to go out and buy all the gear David recommends (though it is all good recommendations to do this on the cheap/portable).

One thing to keep in mind once you venture into off camera lighting... with strobes (lights that flash when you hit the shutter, not continuous) shutter speed will only effect the exposure of AMBIENT light. Only aperture, ISO, and f-stop of your light (and distance relative to the subject) will effect exposure of whatever you hit with your strobe.

Now I'm going a little bit deeper then you probably need to go right now though, so I digress. Focus on ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed--once you are comfortable shooting with your dial on manual, then read through strobist.
Good luck!
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