Sunday Photography tips

I’ve decided it would be a good idea to branch out on the tutorials and add more gear related photography tips, so check back in the coming weeks for more helpful hints and tips for photography related issues.
Also, I’m doing the lighting workshop on Friday 14th over in Pluckley. I made a quick video explaining whats going to happen but head over to to register or check the video out here.

Today’s photo was from back in June 2011 and in the current photography studio here in Ashford. Using a large softbox as the main light I featured it somewhat to avoid hitting the background, which is the grey vinyl that I have here/ I also used the gridded softbox behind her to add the rim light. This serves as a great separation light so that her arm doesn’t blend into the background.

Whenever I start lighting I scene I build it one light at a time, usually the main light and the best place to start is just stretch your arm out and place the light down. Usually 45degrees in relation to your subject is a good starter.
I’ve never used a light meter in digital photography and I’m much more used to checking the back of the camera to judge how the light looks and before I set the power of the light I’ll decide on all the camera settings. Using a wide aperture will of course let in loads of flash light, its great for when you want that shallow depth of field but sometimes it really doesn’t matter. In this instance I wanted everything to be in focus so decided on f/14, a fairly narrow aperture.

When shooting flash photography in the studio my shutter speed is generally set at 1/160th this is just below the sync speed of the flashes and high enough that any movement is frozen.

Putting a grid on the rear rim light softbox helps control the light so that the background stays dark but also stops the light getting into the lens and creating unwanted flare.

Using a bit of oil on the skin is a perfect way to add the sheen that we wanted and on some of the angles it creates extra highlights.

The image was shot using my 85mm lens at 1/125th shutter at f/14

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