snubbr.com

Need help with indoor portrait / Headshots
Hello, I was hopng someone here could help me..

I was trying to take some headshots today. I have 2 umbrella lights and a backdrop light. When I used the flash, there were shadows and the color was off. So, I turned the flash off. The color and everything looked GREAT, but she was not crystal clear like she was when using the flash. Someone told me to lower the ISO to 100 or 125.

Someone also told me to turn my lights up, but the umbrella lights I have are just bulbs, they dont adjust, LOL. Do you think the problem is my lighting or a setting on my camera? By the way, I am using a Canon EOS 40D..

If I need new lighting, what do you suggest? Or do you think it's the settings on my camera?.

Thank you in advance for anyone's help...

Comments (7)

First, you need to check the white balance settings you are using, You cannot use auto..

Try setting your camera to 5000 K as a good starting point for most studio flashes.Van..

Comment #1

Do you have continuous lights or flash/strobes? You mentioned flash, and then said bulbs. Which do you have?.

If you have flash/strobes, you will have to put your camera on manual. The shutter speed cannot be higher than 1/125 sec;you might want to go down to 1/60. Adjust your aperture and film speed accordingly. You might also want to get a flash meter. I have used one, and it helps..

Experiment, and if necessary take a class...

Comment #2

I am not using studio flashes.....its continuous lighting. Does that make a difference..

Comment #3

When I mentioned turning the flash off, I meant on the camera. The bulbs I use are my umbrella lights and they are continuous..

When I use the Auto mode on my camera with No flash , The color looks perfect. Everything in the picture looks great EXCEPT the child is a little blurry. Not even very noticeable unless you zoom in on the computer and look. And I guess blurry is an overstatement. She just wasnt crystal clear like she should be with this camera. SO maybe I dont have enough light.

She takes the same type headshots that I am trying to achieve and that is what her camera is set on. But when I changed my settings to manual in order to adjust the ISO, thats when all my pictures were basically black..

Thank you for your help  ..

Comment #4

SRKPhotography wrote:.

When I mentioned turning the flash off, I meant on the camera. Thebulbs I use are my umbrella lights and they are continuous.When I use the Auto mode on my camera with No flash , The color looksperfect. Everything in the picture looks great EXCEPT the child is alittle blurry. Not even very noticeable unless you zoom in on thecomputer and look. And I guess blurry is an overstatement. She justwasnt crystal clear like she should be with this camera.

When I told a friend of mine who is aphotographer about it, she is the one who suggested an ISO of100-125. She takes the same type headshots that I am trying toachieve and that is what her camera is set on. But when I changed mysettings to manual in order to adjust the ISO, thats when all mypictures were basically black..

Thank you for your help  .

You don't have to put the camera on manual to change the ISO. You can change it within the P mode (program). You do not want to use the flash in conjuction with the continuous lights. You'll probably not go above ISO 200..

So, set the camera on P, ISO around 200, and shoot as if you were outdoors. If necessary, take a class or workshop. You'll probably need someone to show you..

Http://ubereye.deviantart.com/..

Comment #5

When you are in manual exposure mode, you have to use the in-camera meter and adjust your f:stops and shutter speeds..

If you plan on doing more portraits.you may want to get some studio strobes and a flash meter..

Hot lights just don't get it when shooting portraits.they aren't as bright as they look!.

And they don't call them 'hot lights' for nothing..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep your receipt, the box, and everything that came in it!..

Comment #6

You really need a book and some serious hard work..

Photography is hard, and buying a thosuand dollar camera does not solve the prob,ems..

In the book, lookup color temperature; your first problem is matching the color of the flash, which is pretty close to daylight, to the color of the "umbrella lights" which could be anything..

Look on the packaging and see if you can find a number in degress Kelvin., 5200, or 3200, or 4000 are all possibles..

Lack of sharpness has nothing and/or everything to do with lights, whether continuous or flash sharpness relates to focus and shutter speed, which in turn relates to the light spource..

With flash, the burst of light is very short, leading to sharp ictures. With continuous lights and a camera set wrong because someone neglected to do any studying, chances are the shutter speed was set too low by a metering system that gave info to the photographer, but was ignored..

Turn your lights on again, and see what the shutter speed says..

REGARDLESS you need 1/125 of a second anf f4 to take a decent picture. Adjust your ISO setting and the distance from light to subject until you get this, or better..

Better means an f stop even smaller than 4, such as 5.6 or 8, or a shutter speed shorter than 1/125, like 1/200 or 1/250..

BAK.

BAK..

Comment #7

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.