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Question about flash gels and continuous lighting.

 
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Mar 06, 2011 19:22 |  #1

Hey guys, quick question.

I'm pretty much a noob to studio work and I found that my background looked pretty off just white/grey. I could've easily adjusted colours in PS but I wanted to try gels. I've done this previously but the flash was a cheap one and it wasn't continuous and broke :(

Since I don't have anything to trigger flashes I want to get a continuous lamp and flash gels.

Does continuous lighting work well with flash gels and a backdrop.

Please excuse my ignorance if i'm asking a silly question. I just wanted an opinion and made this thread to see what is the prefered option.

Thankyou :o


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Mar 06, 2011 19:30 |  #2

Salma wrote in post #11969168 (external link)
Does continuous lighting work well with flash gels...?

Most continuous lighting that's suitable for photography is HOT and will quickly melt colored gels that work just fine with flash lighting sources. Even the modeling lights in studio flash equipment can melt the gels.


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Mar 06, 2011 19:32 |  #3

Oh gosh.

Can I trigger a studio flash with my 580ex?


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Mar 06, 2011 19:56 |  #4

Salma wrote in post #11969237 (external link)
Can I trigger a studio flash with my 580ex?

Most studio flash units that I've seen have optical slaves in them.

If you use your Speedlite in ETTL mode, the pre-flash will trigger the studio flash at the wrong time.

If you used an adapter on the studio flash unit, you could get it to trigger at the same time as the main flash from the Speedlite which is in ETTL mode, but you'd over-expose the image because the ETTL system would not know about the studio flash when it calculated requirements for exposure.

If you use your Speedlite AND the camera in fully manual mode, you could trigger a studio flash properly. The adjustments to the power levels of the Speedlite and the studio flash as well as the manual exposure settings in the camera could result in well-exposed images.

Use of a handheld light meter capable of measuring light from a flash sources (such as a Sekonic L-358 ) would make the job of determining the proper settings much easier than trial-and-error guessing.


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Mar 07, 2011 09:24 |  #5

Salma wrote in post #11969237 (external link)
Oh gosh.

Can I trigger a studio flash with my 580ex?

Your best bet would be to buy an inexpensive radio trigger that mounts on your Xsi's hotshoe. The receiver should be able to hook up to most studio strobes, as well as fire your 580 off-camera so you can get started right away.




  
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