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Old 03-15-2007, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok before digital photography, how would you gauge where to set the background light on your background?
the light that is used as the ring of light shown on the background hilighting the model but just enough to be a small ring around the models body? I know with digi these days just point click and adjust f-stop setting right? but how would you do it with film?
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ok before digital photography, how would you gauge where to set the background light on your background?
the light that is used as the ring of light shown on the background hilighting the model but just enough to be a small ring around the models body? I know with digi these days just point click and adjust f-stop setting right? but how would you do it with film?
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Most pros in the former era used Polaroids to test the lighting and color. I used a RB67 and it had interchangeable backs. So I would pop on the Polaroid back, shoots some tests, and then put on the film back and shoot the real shots. Through experience you got to know what effect a given light set would have so you could then rely on that experience rather than the Polaroids. I miss the Polaroids, though, since you could line them up side by side and compare different shots. It also gave you a good history of the building of a set. I still sort of do that with digital and I always keep the "outtake" shots where I'm building up the lights.

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Back before I even got studio strobes, I bought one of the first Minolta Autometer IIIF available. It came from Japan because they didn't have a supply in the US yet. Without a doubt, the best money I ever spent in photography. Using a light meter was the only way a person who didn't have a polaroid back could get predictable results. And it saved my butt many times. Yes, I did eventually have an RB 67 ProS (two, in fact...and still have them), but I still rely on a light meter after 23 years in my studio to give me proper settings for my digital camera because I find that the LED screen on the back of the camera isn't all that reliable. Arkie
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