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How did you learn studio lighting?

 
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Jul 19, 2011 17:15 |  #31

I'm a slow learner that needs a lot of repetition, thank god for my mannequin.


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Jul 19, 2011 17:39 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #32

Photography major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


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Jul 19, 2011 17:54 |  #33

ukcyberboy wrote in post #12779909 (external link)
Aaron how do you know if you have the sublect correctly lit..?
Without the meter that is.

I can kind of do it with one light in a studio. Other than that all bets are off :lol:


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Jul 20, 2011 13:01 |  #34

sigma pi wrote in post #12763584 (external link)
http://www.prophotolif​e.com/video-library/ (external link)

Those are pretty good to get the basics down.

Thanks for the link


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Jul 20, 2011 13:03 |  #35

Osa713 wrote in post #12792755 (external link)
Thanks for the link

No problem. I like that series too. It is REALLY helpful

Edit: Bummer he doesnt make anymore :(


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Jul 20, 2011 13:18 |  #36

.subscribed. Thanks all.


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Dec 21, 2011 02:10 |  #37

learned a lot watching videos on youtube,then tried it myself still got a lot to learn but helped me no end.




  
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Dec 21, 2011 07:07 |  #38

Never stopped learning... That is why I am a member of POTN!

Actually when I first started out I found a professional that was willing to spend two full days with me teaching me as much as possible in that short time period. Best money I have ever spent. Lesson learned (and mentioned in this thread earlier) start with one light and learn how to use it. Later add a reflector, then another light, etc.. Don't just turn on all 4 lights and start shooting.

Second best thing I ever did was start a notebook of images taken with studio lights (and set up information when provided). Notebook is now about 4 inches thick and is full of hundreds of images with lighting diagrams. Still collect them when I find one I want to try in the future.

Third best thing was to realize that me shooting 5-6 subjects and reading hundreds of websites/videos, etc. was still no comparison to someone shooting hundreds of subjects. Experience and improvement comes with shooting and learning what worked and what did not work. If there is something I didn't like in a photoshot I must do something different the next time.

Fourth realization was that more equipment is not necessarly the answer for poor results. Only buy something new when what you have prevents you from doing what you want to do.

Finally I found a picture from my mentor/teacher mentioned above when he was first starting out that I have on my computer. It is a constant reminder that everyone had to start somewhere and I am simply on my own path to learning portrait photography.

The destination certainly is important but it is the journey that matters.




  
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Dec 21, 2011 10:16 as a reply to  @ jwp721's post |  #39

I learned a lot from reading books / magazines / POTN /Fredmiranda. Also, watching DVD videos helped me as well. A good starting DVD (for me at least ) was Zack Arias' OneLight DVD and his Creative Live 3-Day Studio Work shop.

Of course, you need to supplement what you read / watch with practice.

I'm still learning how to light and I don't think I will ever stop.


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Dec 22, 2011 01:20 as a reply to  @ xcel730's post |  #40

Going to school for it.

Cal Poly SLO Photography major.


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Dec 22, 2011 02:09 |  #41

School of hard knocks.....self taught..... internet... it's all passion and hard work.


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Dec 28, 2011 09:11 |  #42

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) ?

OMFG! I love you - this site is the NEATEST thing ever! I too have been struggling with positioning my lights - I am fine with exposure, but have a hard time getting the lights to look how I want / shadow issues. I am gonna play on this site for sure!!


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Dec 28, 2011 11:14 |  #43

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Awwww, if you really want to impress me tell these guys :lol:

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Dec 28, 2011 12:21 |  #44

FJ LOVE wrote in post #13610014 (external link)
Awwww, if you really want to impress me tell these guys :lol:

https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=13398947&p​ostcount=1

Way to frighten the citizenry!


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Jan 01, 2012 18:12 |  #45

Community College Night School can be beneficial, relaxed environment with a group of photographers and time to work out home projects over several weeks of the Semester. :)


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