Originally Posted by smtalha
thanks for the reply guys!
well ive a dslr fuji s9500 its a semi-pro camera. im trying to take some portrait shoots of models (or at least practicing) and im hoping that once i get the basics right i can progress on to fashion photography.
well the reason why im using blue gel is because my 800w redhead light is tungsten so im trying to neutralize the colour it emits.
the barking paper that im using is to defuse the light so it doesn't hit the subject hard hence creating a softbox effect. the original softbox for a redhead light is too expensive so im going for a cheaper option.
i tried a couple of shots against a black backdrops but its not giving me the same result as a softbox. plus im just learning the tricks of dslr and im doing everything manually, but no matter how much i try the pictures seem to come out slightly blury. ive been photographing using f4 @ 1/50 ISO 200-100
As already mentioned, you can dispense with the gels and just handle the color balance with the camera settings. As for the baking or tracing paper, that is not going to give you softer light. Soft light is determined by the size of the light source and its distance from the model. The larger the light source and the closer it is to the model, the softer the light, and thus the more diffuse the shadows. If the shots are blurry, then either you are not setting the focus properly, or you have something wrong with the lens or camera, or you have camera or subject motion that causes a blur. If you want a cheap soft light, you can make one out of PVC pipe and a thin white bed sheet. If you are shooting at f4 and at 1/50th, then you may be having camera motion (try a tripod). If you are using the focus, lock and recompose method of shooting, then that can also cause lack of sharp focus. Publish some examples with the exact specs of the shot.
Here is an example of a shot with a set of cheap shop lights (500 watt - one light):
Re: Lightining Help