Add in artifical lighting
Try a fresh lighting approach to help your portraits stand out in a world that’s awash with cameras
Now that anyone with a decent camera can take a competent photo, photographers are constantly looking for ways in which technology can help to set their lighting and techniques apart from the crowd. One modern lighting technique that’s being used more and more often by wedding and portrait photographers is to supplement the ambient light with off-camera flash, giving these images an edge over natural-light portraits.
Another technology that has come on in leaps and bounds is continuous lighting options, including LED panels, fluorescent tubes and even simple lamps. These aren’t as powerful as flash, but the effect of any changes to the angle or power of the light can be assessed instantly, and they’re ideal if you shoot both stills and video.
For off-camera flash, a Speedlight only needs to offer manual power control and an optical slave – features found on even the cheapest models