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Jul 15, 2011 12:36 |  #1

All of my lighting arrived on Wednesday and after setting it all up and doing a few test shots (I've NEVER used lighting whatsoever) I realized tthat it's MUCH more complicated than I expected! Reading the manuals just isn't doing anything for me and I don't know where to start! Sure, I can get a decent looking shot after changing my settings a hundred times but thats obviously not what I want to do everytime. I didn't expect to not be able to use my in camera meter and that is really strange for me! Seems like a light meter is a must??? Anyways I could ask a million questions but I'm just curious how all of you learned lighting. Did any of you just self teach by messing around with different settings? Classes? Books?


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Jul 15, 2011 12:43 |  #2

http://www.prophotolif​e.com/video-library/ (external link)

Those are pretty good to get the basics down.


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Jul 15, 2011 12:45 |  #3

I learned about light by assisting Pro's for many years. You will learn very little by reading the manual, it's how you modify the light. Lighting is the essence of photography whether it's natural, strobe, hot lights or whatever. There was nothing like working with a Pro that is shooting a job, it's how they interact with the Client, their subject and just solve problems that arise throughout the day.


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Jul 15, 2011 13:20 as a reply to  @ tcphoto1's post |  #4

Go to school

http://www.photoflexli​ghtingschool.com/Light​ing_Lessons/index.html (external link)


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Jul 15, 2011 13:22 |  #5

I learned by working in a studio for a couple years :p


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Jul 15, 2011 13:28 |  #6

Stacey buy a meter, it will take all the guess work away, then start practicing and learning your gear, look at where the light is falling and learn to control your shadows with a reflector or fill light

when you look through magazines , study the catchlights and reverse engineer the shoot in your head

here is a good site to see lighting positions, just click on the photo you like and the set up will appear, shooting with a meter will help rid a lot of your frustrations :cool:

http://strobox.com/ (external link) ?


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Jul 15, 2011 13:48 |  #7

A meter helped me out too when going to more than one light.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:01 |  #8

I just point and shoot. I use a light meter and that made a world of change. I might set my camera to the same setting as the meter, but I have a quick starting point.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:07 as a reply to  @ abbadon31's post |  #9

Thank you for all the replies! I will look at all the links when I'm not on my phone! I think I remember reading that the sekonic L358 (the meter I though about ordering last week) only works with pocket wizards? Is that right? If so, what do I buy instead? I have the elinchrom 250/500 kit.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:16 |  #10

I have the BXRi kit and i use the sekonic L358. I use the elinchrom trigger the lights with one hand and hold the meter in the other.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:17 |  #11

Stacey8221 wrote in post #12764080 (external link)
Thank you for all the replies! I will look at all the links when I'm not on my phone! I think I remember reading that the sekonic L358 (the meter I though about ordering last week) only works with pocket wizards? Is that right? If so, what do I buy instead? I have the elinchrom 250/500 kit.

use your skyport to trigger/adjust your strobes and the L358 to meter simple :D


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Jul 15, 2011 14:21 |  #12

FJ LOVE wrote in post #12763843 (external link)
Stacey buy a meter, it will take all the guess work away, then start practicing and learning your gear, look at where the light is falling and learn to control your shadows with a reflector or fill light

when you look through magazines , study the catchlights and reverse engineer the shoot in your head

here is a good site to see lighting positions, just click on the photo you like and the set up will appear, shooting with a meter will help rid a lot of your frustrations :cool:

http://strobox.com/ (external link) ?

Totally agree! This is fantastic advice.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 14:25 as a reply to  @ leeport's post |  #13

Awesome! Thank you!!


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Jul 15, 2011 14:36 |  #14

Barring having a meter, a good starting point on your camera is 1/160, f/8, ISO 100. If the power level adjustment on your lights is linear, then you can dial in stops of difference in light, incrementally or full. So set your key light to illuminate your subject properly, and then adjust your fill hair, rim, etc relative to the key setting.


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Jul 16, 2011 10:39 |  #15

aaron.dunlap wrote in post #12764240 (external link)
Barring having a meter, a good starting point on your camera is 1/160, f/8, ISO 100. If the power level adjustment on your lights is linear, then you can dial in stops of difference in light, incrementally or full. So set your key light to illuminate your subject properly, and then adjust your fill hair, rim, etc relative to the key setting.

Thank you!


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