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Which Fresnel Is Right for Your Portrait Photography

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Should you add a Fresnel-type light to your collection of gear for portrait photography? Besides looking like a great prop in your shot, is it a light you can use as your main source for photos?

If you are interested in using a Fresnel for your portrait work, photographer John Gress shares three different Fresnel units that you can use in your work today. While it’s not the only method, a Fresnel is a great choice if you are looking to recreate hard light that resembles sunlight in the studio. 

In this video, Gress gives a quick history lesson on the Fresnel lens and how it works. Gress also shows how you can change the light spread in two of the units to give you a slightly different look. If you love the lighting in old Hollywood movies and portraits, then a Fresnel unit might be what you need. 

Which one of the units in the video do you think produces the best results? Do you own a Fresnel light, and if so, do you currently use it in your work? Is it a fancy prop in the scene, or do you use it as one of the light sources for your work? Let us know in the comments below, and share your examples. 

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