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02/21/2010 12:01:26 PM · #1
I just got a set of strobes to play with and see if it is something I want to get into. I bought a cheap set just to kinda get the feel for so they are very basic. 2 slaves with a silver and white reflector (no settings available on them). I am firing them with my speedlite on camera. No backgrounds or anything yet so I I am really just wondering what you think of the lighting and any suggestions you may have. Thanks.
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02/21/2010 01:03:30 PM · #2
Lighting is something I am learning as well. It is a little hard to judge exactly what the lighting is on your picture because of the placement of your hands.

I do think your background is detracting from the image....the angle of the ceiling/wall isn't working.

The light in the first image seems a little hot on your face and the pose you have (I know it is tough doing it alone) leaves a lot of empty dark area to the right of the image.

It is probably the angle of the pose rather than height of the light, but the right image has dark eye sockets.

The evenness from side to side on the face and the shadowing on the face is a little hard to judge because of the hands.
02/21/2010 03:52:56 PM · #3
Originally posted by jminso:

No backgrounds or anything yet

Thanks.


Hey Josh - cheapest way to get backgrounds is to go to a fabric shop and just buy a length of black material, and a length of white material - you would be surprised how cheap they can be and give you a nice clean uncluttered background.

In terms of lighting I must admit I struggled a lot until I got a flash meter - then it all made a lot more sense. That's extra money though so you might want to look on the Strobist thread that's runnin on the forums currently to pick up some hints and tips ?
02/21/2010 04:01:25 PM · #4
Thanks for the replies, I will need to check out a fabric store. I have tried using just a regular sheet but I didn't use it this time as I was just trying to get a feel for the strobes. I will have to hang a background and bribe my kids to model for me sometime soon. I do the the strobes with my diy light tent, makes all the difference.
02/21/2010 04:09:24 PM · #5
IMHO the strobes are only half the story.

You really start getting creative when you add the light modifiers/diffusers to the mix....store bought or home made.
02/21/2010 07:18:57 PM · #6
Your lighting is good. What I've been learning is how to position both the lighting and the model to get it right. It's not easy.

Lotsa luck!!! LOL!!!
02/21/2010 07:22:28 PM · #7
I meant to say - there are actually some quite good lighting videos on YouTube.

Certainly worth looking at.
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