Here are the ten things you know about studio lighting:

  • The first part of studio lighting is in setting up the single light source. The single light source can be a continuous source or a low power strobe. You can also use a 100 watt flash for the purpose.
  • You have to use a large light modifier for your light source. You can use a home made light panel using a large shoot through umbrella or a large soft box. A 60 inch convertible satin white umbrella is advisable. You can also use any translucent white shoot through umbrella provided that it is sufficiently big.
  • Your single light source and the large light modifier must be placed at an optimal distance from the subject. A distance of 3 to 4 feet from the subject will be ideal. But the size of your source must be at least 40 inches for better results.
  • You have to now setup your strobe. The strobe should be set to low power. You can set it to 40 to 60 watts.
  • The next job is setting up the camera. Set your camera to manual mode. You can set to mode to F4.0 to F5.6, 1/125th. And a 100 ISO will provide you a good starting point for exposure. You have to ensure the lighting conditions by checking the histogram or the light meter.
  • You can enhance the lighting conditions by using accessories like a large light reflector. It should be in gold, silver or white in color. Light reflector will add more sparkle to your photos. If you don’t have a light reflector you can compensate by moving the light source closer to the camera axis. Take care not to move it too closer.
  • The lighting becomes soft when the source is closer and larger. Large directional sources will provide a soft shadow and will highlight the transitions. But the light need not be directionally in front of the subject. The shadows will be filled with light while using non directional light source.
  • You can also diffuse the intensity of light from flash. The light from the flash can be directed to the subject using reflective surfaces. You can place the subject near a wall and redirect the flash using the wall. The reflected light from the wall will be you light source when the subject is close to the wall.
  • When you are using a reflector work it out from the shadow side. Your shadow side of your subject must be at the same distance from the main light source. You can derive the power to shoot quality pictures even using a small flash if the setup is done properly.
  • Studio lights are expandable and versatile. But the problem is that they have to be operated manually. Studio lights can provide precise control of the situation. You can do anything with your studio lighting but the limitation lies in your ability to handle it.