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