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09-10-2008, 10:18 PM
Now that you have your own studio, a very important factor in taking great photographs, is lighting. The lighting of your studio depends on the type of lights you use. The best thing about studio lighting is that you can be in total control. Once you understand what type of lighting [...]http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ProudPhotographyBlog/~4/388923426
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09-11-2008, 01:07 AM
One important point is that the smaller your studio is, the less powerful your lights need to be. In my 10 X 10 foot basement "studio" (a simple room setup for me to play in), it is rediculously easy to blow-out the subjects with my small battery powered strobes set to anything much over 1/4 power. My 120v low end studio strobes are never set above 1/4th indoors in close proximity. My biggest issue is to have less light and not use anything smaller than F/8 on the camera (my preference for multi-person portraits).
That is the beauty of battery powered strobes... I can cut power down to 1/64th or 1/128th and use more open apertures to still be able to lightly blur the backgrounds when needed.
When outdoors or in a larger room, I can use 2 strobes in 2 umbrellas in a clamshell design and literally simulate the exact effect of a 4 X 8 foot softbox.
With this I can easily light 2-3 people wide full body portraits if needed, and power still will not exceed 1/2 power on either 110V or battery powered strobes on the upper light (lower light is near always set to 1/2 of the power setting of the top one for best effect).
Of course, nothing beats using the right equipment for the right job, and when you need to light a 40 X 20 foot area to shoot a larger group of people or a large subject, there is nothing better than high powered monoblock lighting. Recharge times are near non-considerations, huge evenly well lit spans of area are consistantly guaranteed and there is no need to change batteries every 200-600 shots.
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