I decided to use my Elinchrom studio lights which I think create superior light to the speedlights but are not so portable. Taken in the same place as the previous portraits, but this time with soft boxes rather than umbrellas. My husband recently had a birthday so this was an opportunity to get a rare portrait of him dressed up for a lunch out. It was to my mind to short a period to get a series of shots, but his attention span for this sort of this is pretty limited.
I think this works well for him, an informal capture, almost Bond-esque.
Here’s another mono, this time of myself, with the same lights.
The quality of light from the Elinchrom is much better than the speedlights, but their lack of portability and reliance on a power source restricts their use to indoors. Speedlights are more portable, easier to set up outdoors, and certainly a valuable addition. But for me, Elinchrom every time.