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First attempt at doing a studio setup (Kallita)

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Sep 13, 2012 16:32 |  #1

Hi everyone. Because of this forum, I was inspired to give the indoor studio setup a try. Of course since I don't make any money from photography, and its a pure hobby I didn't have a lot to invest for this first attempt. I bought a cheap lighting setup from Amazon made by Cowboy studio for around 100 bucks, and here's some results.

IMAGE LINK:​photos/btk78/798256956​4/  (external link)
EOS 5D Mark III_090120121450 (external link) by pdxguy97124 (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE LINK:​photos/btk78/798256580​3/  (external link)
EOS 5D Mark III_090120121699 (external link) by pdxguy97124 (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE LINK:​photos/btk78/798256938​6/  (external link)
EOS 5D Mark III_090120121703 (external link) by pdxguy97124 (external link), on Flickr

What I learn from this experience was that:

1. you definitely get what you paid for. The so called "lighting kit" was very poor quality, the stands were very flimsy. The light was not bright enough. The back drop cloth material was not smooth even after about 2hr of ironing. I'm currently looking for other used lighting setup. Perhaps using flash kits instead of fix lights as well.

2. Use the trip pod more than I did. My shoot lasted about 4 hours including changing time. My arm was tired about 3 hrs into it.. my own fault. I noticed a dramatic decrease focus accuracy towards the end of the shoot. Had I use my tripod more throughout, I would have been a lot better off.

3. Need to really check camera settings and the histogram more often. I noticed way too many over and under exposed shots. Over all I really just need a lot more practice.

4. The communication was okay with the subject, partially because she was a friend of mine. However, I wish I had more time to prep for the shoot, and come up with more specific ideas on what I want to do. The scheduling wasn't in my control with this shoot, I kinda quickly threw everything together in about a week notice.

Anyway, over all I was really glad that I had this chance to try out studio photography, and I think it is definitely something I would like to continue to pursue. Any critiques/comments is much appreciated.

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Sep 13, 2012 16:42 |  #2
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One thing I'd like to point out: try to avoid having the light falling on the background. Cover it with a reflector on the side, use a carboard- anything to make sure the light only falls on your subject.
Also, your power levels look the same. Meaning- you were shooting with the same power on the flashes. I don't know about others, but I like to have my fill light be about 1/3 of my main light power output.
Also, in the studio, shoot at about f/8 or smaller to have everything in focus :)

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Sep 13, 2012 19:23 |  #3

I looked at you flickr account and thought the best of the shoot was this one:

EOS 5D Mark III_090120121063

The biggest reason was she was looking into the camera.
The first one in the post would be much better if she was looking into the camers.
for that matter all would benefit from that change.

my 2 cents

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Sep 15, 2012 00:17 |  #4

Did u intend to make the bg pitch black? If so... U need to block your lights from spilling to it. Even moving the model away from bg will help. Also try to learn how to edit in post. Her skin isn't so bad but your last pic really brings out the imperfections on her skin.

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Sep 15, 2012 09:40 |  #5

The flash looks pretty harsh in 2 and 3.

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Sep 15, 2012 09:51 |  #6

Next time try feathering your light across her face. This will provide a couple of benefits.
1) keeps the light off the BG
2) provides more even illumination across the subject.

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