For those of you who shoot with strobes, how do you meter? TLL or manually set them? If you set them manually how do you meter, off the anticipated closest person to each strobe?
More importantly if you are setting them up manually how do you get creative with DOF? My Sekonic L-358 tells me which the aperture so am I stuck with f8 all night? Can't be because I see from shallow to deep DOF from the same photogs. Do you shut them off and get creative with a speedlight on the camera to mix things up?
I am considering giving this a try. Not sure for the whole night but the head table up to when the dancing starts. Possibly the dance floor later.
My partner is all eager to try this. He has rented a local studio for some paid family portraits. He has done 4 so far I think. I asked him how he meters and he told me he guesses by the appearance on the LCD. They looked not too bad but he admitted one shoot was a little underexposed and the other overexposed on the last 2 shoots. Besides you can always redo a family session without too much headache.
I don't want to get into what he is doing incorrectly because it is his business for what he does on the side. He knows I have a meter which I offered him on several occasions. I don't what to take any chances at a wedding. I told him I will only do that if we can meter properly.
I have done photo booths and they are a no brainier - much like a portrait shot. Not so sure about a larger event. I know I have to keep the strobes far enough away so I'm not nuking the people that are close to them. I comfortable with the Inverse Square Law. You sure can be creative with it.
I have not seen any stickies on this one so sorry in advance if I'm chewing up server space.
As usual thanks in advance.