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Old 10-13-2005, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

Since I have had my strobes almost 3 weeks now, I finally have some models to shoot this weekend (not cars), ssoooo...my question is..how do you folks generally speaking meter for studio work. I know this is a broad question as "what you are trying to accomplish" plays a factor. I will say I am not looking for anything dramatic or artistic. I am looking for gernally "good" studio lighting. IE..main light...what diff from left to right side of face, background vs foreground, what app do most shoot at for studio. This is not protrait work but "studio glamour" work. Any suggestions would help.

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personally, i don't use a fill light all that often, altho i do often bounce a bit of the main back in from wherever i want to fill from. but i don't usually meter it. i just kinda move whatever i'm using to bounce some fill in or out to taste. (by chimping the shots.) for back, hair, or sidelights, i like to see them anywhere from 2 or 3 tenths of a stop hotter than the main to even hotter depending on what i'm trying to accomplish in terms of backlighing and/or highlights.
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is an easy lighting setup:



Two lights on background about 2/3rd stop higher than the main light which is on the right side about 45 degrees in front of the model. Note the large reflector that can be moved around to adjust the lighting ratio.

If you have no meter, then use a gray card and camera histogram to set the fstop.

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