So… it pains me to admit it, but I've turned a new page today. I finally learned something about artificial lighting (studio lighting to be exact).
I know… *gasp* say it isn't so!
But don't worry, I'm no expert quite yet. All I basically learned was that you set your camera to ISO100, f/8, and 1/200-1/250 seconds, then tune your exposure with the power settings on the lights (at least that's the “norm” for this particular studio). Maybe not Earth-shattering for those familiar with lighting, but this is all new for me (and maybe some of you).
I've got a model shoot coming up next weekend for Green Man T-Shirts and I spent about an hour at DK3 Studios yesterday with Dave King learning how to work his equipment. (Cool dude, by the way. And an awesome/affordable studio here in San Diego).
I'm still blown away by how simple this stuff can be if you switch the camera over to manual and follow a few basic rules… maybe I'll post more about this after the photo shoot next weekend, but right now I'm looking for advice.
Assuming that the technical side of the equipment is not the issue, I'm still up against lighting techniques for photographing models (upper body shots, portraits, etc.).
SO HERE'S MY QUESTION TO YOU:
What are the best studio/model/portrait lighting techniques that you've encountered?
I'm looking for links to articles, resources, ebooks, blogs, etc. Here are a few that I've gathered myself…
- Explained lighting schemes
- Portrait Lighting set-ups
- Fashion Photography Lighting Diagrams
- Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet Card
- Visualizing Studio Lighting
I'm sure there are many more out there, so feel free to share in the comments. If we get enough, I'll post them in an article next week so others can check it out.