Studio Lighting Help! (New pics Post #11)

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Studio Lighting Help! (New pics Post #11)

Hello. Anytime I attempt "studio" type shots I use natural light, but that limits me to the time of day or even if I can shoot that day depending on what its like outside. So, I am attempting to learn how to use studio lighting, and failing...sigh. Any suggestions on how to improve these in terms of lighting?

I took these in the basement (no natural light). Had one continuus light with umbrella camera left at 45 degree angle from baby and slightly above them. Then another continuus light with umbrella camera right, 90 degrees from baby, level with face or slightly above. Set my white balance to tungsten and shot away. Used the light meter in camera and shot in manual and even though it said exposure was right on they were all REALLY dark (the pics below are brightened up in photoshop). I'm wondering if I need more powerful lights or a different setup, or what. The lights are 600 watts each. The backdrop was white and its looking grey when I shoot, and I feel like the photos are looking yellowy?. Any suggestions appreciated to help me improve. Thanks in advance!

1. ISO 200 - f4 - 1/125
Lighting 1 WEB WATER

2. ISO 200 - f4.5 - 1/125
Lighting 2 WEB WATER

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I am not much of a studio shooter. But here is my CC.

#1 - I think the baby here is underexposed. His left arm is purplish, the face looks a bit yellow. Lighting is nice and composition. You nailed the focus which is good. I would bump up the midtones to brighten him up a bit.

#2 - Much better. Lighting is even, sort of looking flat. I can see a fold to the right of the picture - you might want to clone that out. Exposure is better here.

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I wish you could get more help, but I'm afraid I'm not sure about studio lighting. I'm fumbling my way through the whole thing myself. On the first, you can tell you tried to bring up exposure. Maybe add some fill light for the right side of the picture where it's dark? I think the second looks a lot better and even. Seems to be well exposed.

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Thanks Ladies for the comments. I think the lights may not be strong enough, cause you are right, I had to REALLY bump up the exposure and brightness when PPing.

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Why didn't you bump up your ISO and are you able to open your aperture more? Maybe bumping your ISO to 400 and opening up your ap (if you're able to) to 3.2 would bring in more light and you won't have to bring up exposure so much PP.

If I were in your situation I would definitely increase the ISO. That will make a great difference in the exposure. I'm sorry I don't remember what kind of camera you have, but taking it to 400 or even 800, properly exposed, won't be that noisy.

HTH!

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Thanks, I will give that a try! I just have a rebel xt. At 800 it is pretty noisy, but good suggestion to get it up to 400. Thanks!

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My suggestions would be to stop looking at the light meter before you take the shot and start looking at the histogram after the shot. If it's a nice bell curve in the histogram your shot will probably come out nicer. the histogram doesn't lie and is usually a much better indicator of exposure and color reference while shooting.

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You got some good ideas, I would also bump ISO and open up your ap. Maybe a SOOC would define that better?

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I don't know a thing about studio lighting, but just wanted to say that #2 is adorable! I loooove her and I want to gobble her up. That's all. Smile

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PP have already touched on the big points, as far as I know ... I always shoot at 400 ISO when using my studio lights. I'd go higher, but I get a lot of noise at anything higher.

I also think your lights may not be bright enough. I would try increasing your wattage if you can.

I think you're on the right track. Pic #2 looks pretty good, despite you having to up the exposure in post processing.

I look forward to seeing your next round of posts. Smile

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Hello, thank you for the tips ladies! (misskaci, I think she's pretty darn cute too! Smile )

Good suggestion in looking at the histogram. I have to admit I don't really know how to read it...meaning if the curve is not where it should be I don't know what to change to make it right. I will do some reasearch on that and see if that helps me out! thanks!

Here is my second attempt in my studio setup yesterday morning. I remembered to up my ISO, but it doesn't look like I opened my ap more in 2 of them. Argh! Ooops! I think I got a little more light in their eyes though, but I STILL had to post process these alot to brighten them up...and now that I look back compairing to the other ones, these look even more yellowly. sigh. Please let me know what cc you have on the lighting...I know the posing isn't great, but I was just focused on lighting. Thanks.

Also, I brought the light camera right more to a 45 degree angle from the subject to try and get more light on them, instead of 90. So...now i have 2 lights in some of their eyes. Is this a big no-no? Smile

1. ISO 400, Ap 4.0, SS 1/300
Alex 3 Lighting WEB WATER

2.ISO 400, Ap 4.5, SS 1/320
KJ Lighting 4 WEB WATER

3.ISO 400, Ap 3.2, SS 1/500
KJ Lighting 1 WEB WATER