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KBruley
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Dec 12, 2013 10:13 |  #1

My husband bought me a strobe light with softbox. It came with no instructions, so I've been playing around with it. I also don't have a lightmeter yet, so I was trying to manually get correct exposure. Any critique or advice on this specific photo would be appreciated.

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When I checked the EXIF information, I was at f/8, 1/250, ISO 3200. I don't think the ISO should need to be that high. Any general lighting advice would also be appreciated.

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Dec 12, 2013 10:22 |  #2
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I usually shoot at base ISO. Bring in your lights closer and you won't have to shoot at such a high ISO




  
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Dec 12, 2013 11:07 |  #3

Shadows are also softer with the light source as close as possible. Here is a picture of manual settings for a flash.

If you google (images) of robert scott lim flash exposure chart, from his workshop "crazy stupid light". You will find a flash chart that tells you manual settings based on iso/F at 6-8 feet. It gives you a good base number to start with.


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Dec 12, 2013 11:15 |  #4

It sounds like you were in some auto mode to get that high of an ISO. Assuming your strobe with a softbox is a manual flash, you probably want to go to manual mode 1/200 at F5.6 or 8, ISO at 200 to start. Then adjust the power of the flash, or the aperture to get where you need to be. Keep in mind that when using the flash in studio the shutter speed has very little effect on the exposure as all of your flash is delivered in a short burst. !/200 and 1/60 are likely to appear identical. So if you want to change the exposure you need to either adjust the power of the flash, adjust the aperture, or finally the iso to get what you need.




  
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Dec 12, 2013 11:22 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #5

THIS (external link) is a good place to start to learn flash.


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Dec 12, 2013 13:14 as a reply to  @ DunnoWhen's post |  #6

Thank you so much everyone.




  
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