Studio Lighting Help! (New pics Post #11)
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Studio Lighting Help! (New pics Post #11)

  1. #1
    Super Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    925

    Default 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
    Last edited by IronMate; 02-23-2011 at 04:24 PM.
    ~Jess~
    Ava 5.15.06
    Kaitlyn 9.10.10
    Cora 6.18.12

    Sisters

    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  2. #2
    EL2
    EL2 is offline
    Posting Addict EL2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    California
    Posts
    7,370

    Default

    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.
    -El mommy to B & A
    Just chug-chug-chugging along.

  3. #3
    Posting Addict Jeffininer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    6,771

    Default

    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.
    ~ Jennifer ~ Check Out My Blog

    Rylee Elizabeth & Tyler Ray


    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  4. #4
    Super Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    925

    Default

    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.
    ~Jess~
    Ava 5.15.06
    Kaitlyn 9.10.10
    Cora 6.18.12

    Sisters

    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  5. #5
    Posting Addict Jeffininer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    6,771

    Default

    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!
    ~ Jennifer ~ Check Out My Blog

    Rylee Elizabeth & Tyler Ray


    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  6. #6
    Super Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    925

    Default

    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!
    ~Jess~
    Ava 5.15.06
    Kaitlyn 9.10.10
    Cora 6.18.12

    Sisters

    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  7. #7
    Contributor LittleFlores's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    51

    Default

    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.
    Lauren, 29
    DH Antonio, 30
    DD Lillianna, 11




    PCOS finally confirmed - Dec '10
    Started Met 2000mg - Dec '10
    First round of Clomid 50mg - Mar '11 - HERE WE GO!

    Little Flores Photography
    Facebook

  8. #8
    Prolific Poster
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The Copa, AZ
    Posts
    2,455

    Default

    You got some good ideas, I would also bump ISO and open up your ap. Maybe a SOOC would define that better?
    Beth... mom to Andrea 7-26-97, Gavin 10-16-01, Kade 5-25-08 and Bentli Grace 09-09-09.

  9. #9
    Prolific Poster
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Posts
    2,485

    Default

    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.





    ~ Kaci

  10. #10
    Community Host
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    College Station, TX
    Posts
    4,760

    Default

    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.

    Best,
    GiGi

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
v -->

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Sitemap | Terms & Conditions