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Old Jan 30, 2003, 8:54 AM   #1
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Default digital lighting-flash or UFL

any one have any expeience on using either flash,tungsten,flourscent or CFL on digital portrait shooting. Which is best to get soft portrait specialy on the face.If we can use CFL it will be much cheap.any one experimented?what is the result?
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Old Jan 31, 2003, 5:58 PM   #2
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Softness of the light depends on the modifiers and reflectors rather than the type of light. My vote is for stobes and I highly reccomend Alien Bees. I use everything from a 22" "beauty dish" reflector to a 36"x49" Photoflex softbox to get the effects I want.

Continuous light requires a tremendous amount of power to get reasonable working apertures and shutter speeds. You'll have much more flexibility as you can work at high shutter speeds to exclude ambient light. I had to shoot a wedding portrait in a garage with the door open to bright sunlight.

I assume CFL means compact flurescent. The ones I've seen aren't nearly bright enough.
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