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What ISO for indoor boudoir style shoot?

 
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Jul 22, 2012 05:02 |  #1

HI,

I was thinking of using iso 800 for a shoot indoors. Is this going to cause too much noise?

Will be using : 50mm (nifty fifty), 70-200 f2.8 L and a 100mm 2.8 macro.

Light will be from windows through daylight and also my 58 AF-1 Metz, used both on and off camera, with Gary Fong Lightsphere and also his snoot/grid.


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Jul 22, 2012 05:28 |  #2

Why are you deciding what ISO to shoot at when you don't even know what exposure values you will need?

Why is it even something to consider?

There are far more important things to think about when working with a model, correct exposure should just be a reflex.


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Jul 22, 2012 06:02 |  #3

All good questions.


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Jul 22, 2012 06:24 |  #4

Photography is more about problem solving than it is about ISO and shutter speeds.

Its problem solving with a very direct purpose, the realization of a creative idea.
You have the idea, then you figure out how to turn it into a photography.
The idea can occur years, or months or days before, or it can happen there and then, but whats important is having the idea.

Before a shoot you should be thinking about the idea, what you want to shoot, the look, the feel, the over all concept. Then figure out how your going to get there and what tools you will need.


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Jul 23, 2012 15:13 |  #5

How bright is the sunlight coming through the window, and how well does it light the room?

What style are you going for: High-key, low-key, somewhere in between?

Start out at ISO100 and only increase it if you need the additional exposure to maintain an appropriate shutter speed and aperture.

Remember that your shutter speed is going to have upper and lower bounds based on your subject matter and your use of flash: Anything lower than about 1/60 and you're risking motion blur due to micro-movements of the subject; anything faster than 1/200 and you're exceeding your flash sync speed.

Many boudoir-style shots make good use of a wide aperture and a shallow depth of field, so you have that working in your corner if the light is not ideal.

Do you have access to the location? Take a teddy bear or a mannequin or a buddy in there and do some test shots. DON'T be fumbling around with your camera settings while the model is posing for you.


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Jul 25, 2012 17:59 |  #6

I did some test shots..without a model..I won't post the shots, as you will all laugh too hard.

Not because they turned out bad, in fact they turned out awesome..But you will not believe how I tested for the shots..

I did not have a teddy bear to shoot, but I did have lingerie..So in effect I shot an 'invisible woman' LOL.

Took some setting up but the result was that I now know what the light will be like. And all is sorted.

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Jul 28, 2012 18:58 |  #7

now I WANT to see one of those test photos!

But in general, keep ISO as low as you can unless you have a top of the line camera. And even then, that would be my strategy. As long as you can get an exposure of about the mm of your lens (50mm lens, go for at least 1/60 sec, 200mm lens go for 1/300 etc) you should be fine.

Also depends on your post. I've taken noisy and slightly out of focus images and turned them into b/w grainy photos that look great. A shot is almost never lost, there's always something you can do with it, even if what you wanted to do didn't work out.


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Aug 04, 2012 19:55 as a reply to  @ phantelope's post |  #8

ISO is another personal thing, Grain or no grain etc and so on.




  
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