Thanks for the Portrait Lighting Workshop

Many thanks to Mark Efford from Lens and Shutter for his presentation on lighting for Portraits.   It was great to see the lighting in action rather than on a Youtube video.  Also thanks to our model Elizabeth (Lizzy) for being very patient with all the changes in light setups.

I thought I would provide some links to equipment and software that was used in the presentation.   Also a reminder that, as Mark mentioned, you can do almost the same thing with a couple of Speedlights (flashes) and reflectors.  You just don’t get quite the power out of them and can’t shoot as fast.

The Promaster 2 and 3 light kits are available from Lens and Shutter https://lensandshutter.com/

 

The reflectors and umbrellas are also available through them.  Flash triggers like the Pocket Wizards he used are widely available and specific triggers for the Promaster lights are available from Lens and Shutter.

Software that we used to tether the Nikon D800 to the computer was Adobe Lightroom.  It supports a long list of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras.  Check to see if your camera is supported.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html

If you have another brand of camera your manufacturer may supply software that allows you to tether to a computer as does my Olympus.

 

Snap of part of the setup

There are also some third party software packages that can help with tethering, some free and some at a reasonable price.

Do a Google search for Camera Tethering.

The only other things you need to tether are the USB cable that came with your camera and an Active USB cable if you are going to be more that a few feet from your laptop.  There is a limit of 15 feet total for standard USB and it gets pretty iffy at that length.  The Active cable  uses power from the USB connection to power a small amplifier in the cable to boost the signal.  The one we used at the workshop was a Certified Data Active USB Cable from London Drugs.  https://www.londondrugs.com/certified-data-usb-3.0-extension-cable—5-meter—gusb3-a5m/L8340432.html

Once again our thanks to Mark from Lens and Shutter and our model Lizzy.

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