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First time shooting with continuous lights
Old 03-12-2008, 01:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the first time I ever photo shoot using continuous lights instead of strobe. I went to PPR Atlanta for a local Meetup group event, and everything was setup using continuous lights. What a challenge, high ISO and low shutter speed in order to get the proper exposure. Even those images were captured using camera handheld, I would recommend camera on tripod when the shutter speed is low.

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Old 03-12-2008, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not too bad. Well, welcome to true glamour photography, as it was done by Hurrell. It's just my opinion, but I've always prefered continous lighting over strobes in the studio, it's more predictable, gives much softer lighting, and gives you less to think about. But, like you said, slower shutter speeds which most models today are not used too, therefore, they are not used to having to hold still. Back in the 30's and 40's, models would have to hold still in upwards of 2 full seconds, but of course now, we don't have to go that long, lol.

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Re: First time shooting with continuous lights
Old 03-12-2008, 09:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is the first time I ever photo shoot using continuous lights instead of strobe. I went to PPR Atlanta for a local Meetup group event, and everything was setup using continuous lights. What a challenge, high ISO and low shutter speed in order to get the proper exposure. Even those images were captured using camera handheld, I would recommend camera on tripod when the shutter speed is low.
More and more studios are going to continuous light (usually fluorescent). This gives the ability to shoot bursts of shots 3 or 4 shots in 1 second that you can't do with flash normally. For children this is a boon, because it often allows you to catch the exact expression you want. You need to get used to shooting at fstops that are more open (f 1.8, 2, 2.8, 1.2, etc) and ISO 400 usually is adequate. IS lens can also help. Tripod also helps. But as mentioned this is how the greats like Hurrell did their shots. Most of his exposures were in the 1/8th to 1/15th range (by the way) and at f2.8 to f5. So you have to watch your DOF.
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I have always shot with continuous lights. I later moved to florescent when a incandescent bulb blew up and burned a hole n the carpet. Imagine what that might do if it exploded in a modles face. Florescent provides almost enough light haha can always use more and the daylight bulbs can be used indoors and out.

But most important - changing the set up may be as simple as moving one light a foot or two or turning one on or off and this can be done without disrupting the flow of the shoot or the model. But as R_Fredrick says depth of field can be an issue and very dark unreflective backgrounds can be challenging as well.

NOW if someone took me to a situation where i could only use stobes i would be a fish out of water.
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