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Old 04-25-2006, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all,
you have a newbie here so be gentle
i am going to shoot a girl so that we can submit her pictures to the Suicide Girls, and we are going to be doing it at a skate/bike park which is indoors. i'm pretty sure that i'll need additional lighting, but don't know what to use, since i usually shoot with natural lighting. i always see people using the AB's, but want to get more info on what you guys actaully use and do you think a few SB-800/SB-600's could do the job?
also should i get reflectors or softboxes? what about cords, or can i do it wirelessly? any other accessories that i may be missing?
again, i'm completely clueless on lighting
btw, here's the list of equipment that i have:
D200
17-55mm/2.8
50mm 1.8
85mm 1.8
70-200/2.8
SB-600
thanks,
Don
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Re: lighting question
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again, i'm completely clueless on lighting
The equipment you'll need is largely dependant on the look you're going for. But I can tell you one thing for sure...you'll do yourself and your model a service by trying out some techniques in the "studio" (read: your living room) before trying to work in a skate park. That's going to add all kinds of variables to the equation, and you'll want to work through the basic challenges first.

But most importantly, have fun learning some new techniques!
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Re: lighting question
Old 05-03-2006, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Keep in mind that in a location like this, a bunch of light stands and reflectors and umbrellas are going to be very prone to being knocked over by people's movement in the area. Also you need to clear it with the mangement of the park to be sure you're not going to have any permission problems. If these are to be action shots, then you have one scenario, but if just posed shots, a totally different one. Since you didn't specify, that makes it difficult to give much advice.


Be sure to have a good calibration target like the one I have Dee holding here. It will let you get right on exposures and color balance.

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if we are going to shoot in the skatepark, it will be after hours w/ nobody there. i just ordered som AB's and should be shooting her soon. thanks for the input & the info on the calibration target
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Re: lighting question
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Depends on what look you want really. One light can give a flat fill or put it to one side for some mood lighting. Two lights could be both smashd on the model like magazine covers. Or, one on the side and one for the fill+ a reflector to fill in shadows. It all depends.

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