Final Tips on Studio Lighting
The shutter speed you choose is less significant in a studio setup but obviously needs to be fast enough to avoid any camera shake. However, you also need to be careful not to set a shutter speed faster than the camera’s specified sync speed – on most cameras this is usually either 1/200 sec or 1/250 sec. Go any faster and you’ll have horrible black stripes across your images.
The power of flash is measured in Watt-seconds. Each of the heads we’re using is 400Ws, which approximates a guide number of 64. This is fine for regular portrait work.
Switch your camera to manual and use the histogram and LCD to assess the exposure and effect of the lights. Use the dials to change the power of the lights and the aperture to alter the exposure.
A sync cable or a wireless trigger is needed to connect your camera with the lights so that when you press the shutter, the lights fire at the same time. Some wireless triggers (which can be bought on eBay for £15, $25) are so cheap now that they’re the best option, especially as many popular DSLRs don’t have the PC socket you need in order to use a more traditional sync cable.
PAGE 1: Introduction to studio lighting
PAGE 2: Creating the perfect home photo studio
PAGE 3: Rembrandt studio lighting setup
PAGE 4: Clamshell studio lighting setup
PAGE 5: Backlight studio lighting setup
PAGE 6: Rim light studio lighting setup
PAGE 7: Final tips on studio lighting