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
2. ISO 200 - f4.5 - 1/125
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.