I'm trying to learn how to do portraits, and started with some family members when we got together over the weekend. I'm trying traditional portrait kinds of setup to start.
This is all with gear that fits in a single bag: I want to be able to take the studio setup with me.
I had 4 flashes going: a fill light a little to my left, a key light at about 45 degrees to my right. Then I had two flashes behind the subject, with blue gels, lighting the wall. The wall is lit okay, but the blue doesn't really come through. I was bouncing the two "background" flashes off some white cardboard: I tried pointing them right at the wall, but the fall-off was too visible. Any suggestions?
My own feeling is that the basic lighting setup isn't bad, but I'm sure there's lots of room for improvement. A lot of these were slightly underexposed, even though I thought I had it all set up. I was setting up the lighting with a stuffed animal on a table, and maybe there was more background adding exposure. I definitely need to watch the histogram when I'm shooting.
I'd appreciate any comments and recommendations.