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    Question How to get that professional look in a portrait?

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    Does anybody know how to take indoor portraits with a flash that will result in a "non-reflective face" (not shiny, but creamy). I have been wanting to be able to do it for a while, but haven't been able to so far.

    I will be using a nikon sb-700 flash.

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    Proper exposure and good skin touch ups in photoshop.

    Here is what I mean... the picture on the left is properly exposed and not a bad shot. The one on the right has had some Adobe love.

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    I guess I should add, the larger the light source, the soft the light is. If you are using an umbrella etc, that will help or bounce off of a white wall or sheet etc. Get the light source as close as possible to the subject as well, because closer = larger.
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    It also has a lot to do with makeup. Oily/shiny skin is a problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spngebob View Post
    HI!!!

    Does anybody know how to take indoor portraits with a flash that will result in a "non-reflective face" (not shiny, but creamy). I have been wanting to be able to do it for a while, but haven't been able to so far.

    I will be using a nikon sb-700 flash.

    Thank you!!!
    Apart from a proper exposure you must use a diffused light source of some type. Whether is is a Diffusing dome for your SB700 or a soft box of some sort, you will get better results with indirect, bounced, or diffused flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk66 View Post
    It also has a lot to do with makeup. Oily/shiny skin is a problem...
    Absolutely. Fresh make-up makes a huge difference.

    I can still work around it if I need to. This bride had just had her make-up done, but 100 degree weather was quickly taking care of that. I was still able to smooth out the shine coming through. I posted an example here:

    Bridal B4 & After
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    Well yes, but that is definitely "working around it" and requires some post skills as well. Would be a PITA for a large number of photos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk66 View Post
    Would be a PITA for a large number of photos...
    Uh huh..... damn sweat
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    Yup........it's all about the direction and type of lighting that makes a professional portrait.
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