Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 29/08/2012 12:24pm

    Final Tips on Studio Lighting


    Studio Lighting Tips: avoid the wrong shutter speed

    Avoid the wrong shutter speed!

    Tip 1
    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.

    Learn more about common mistakes at every shutter speed, and the best settings to use.

    Tip 2
    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.

    Tip 3
    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.

    Tip 4
    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


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    Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 12:24 pm under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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