(To the tune of “Ghostbusters”).
Often, my posts point out common myths and misconceptions. Of which there are many… many. On the Internet, no-one knows that you’re a dog, and no-one knows that you are wrong.
So, two oft-heard “truths”:
- You cannot shoot with TTL if you are a pro.
- You cannot use just one light for a serious portrait.
So. TTL was used in this portrait of students and friend Diana; remote TTL in fact (light flashes from on camera flash drives off camera flash); and the light was one flash through an umbrella. The on camera flash was disabled, except for those light flashes.
1/125 sec, f/8, ISO100.
The curtain was chosen as a classy background, but the umbrella was close to the subject so the curtain would get little light. TTL handles this fine; if the subject had been too light or too dark, a touch of flash compensation would have sorted that out.
The one light-with-umbrella gives us enough light for a portrait with Rembrandt lighting. Fairly dramatic chiaroscuro-type lighting, but not so dramatic that it becomes unflattering. On the contrary, this is nice light.
The blonde hair stands out nicely against the dark background; dark hair would have needed more light.
So there, a real portrait with “studio settings”, i.e. just one light, and using TTL. I could do that all night.