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SHUTTER AND LIGHT EXPOSURE Question
I'M PANICKING. I am starting up my own photography studio and basically I'm getting all my friends and friends children to showcase in my portfolio. I bought a portable stand along with a backdrop. I'm trying to mess with my camera and would like to know how to take pictures without the flash. While this sounds like a stupid question, I did turn the flash off, however the picture won't take. It just stays in limbo saying busy.

I'm so nuts, I have worked with this camera a lot but usually in auto mode. I'm also looking into taking a photography course. I live in Miami, anyone have any suggestions or place (even if it's an online course?). Please advise!.

I also would like to play with the shutter speed and have no idea how to do this..

Can anyone help me????.

Sincerely,.

Annoyed and Distressed (by my own fault)..

Comments (32)

How about-Take a course in photography basics-Buy a book on photography basics?.

I would hope that someone would want to learn some basic skills BEFORE opening up a photography studio. But these days, anyone with a digital camera thinks they can jump right in to the "biz" without learning anything..

You're not that same person who claimed to be "West Palm Beach's Premiere Portrait Photographer" who didn't know how to use her 50mm f/1.4 lens? Or how to take a properly focused photo for her "clients" ? .

HINT - Learn about photography BEFORE you even entertain the idea of opening any kind of business where you take money from people...

Comment #1

I like to eat. I want to open a restaurant (already leased the space), I've cooked frozen food before (microwave on auto-setting). I've taken out ads announcing our grand opening in a month, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO COOK A NICE MEAL (ie some Salmon, nice roasted rack of lamb) HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

How do you set the oven temperature? (I read somewhere that this is an important setting to use).

Egordon99 wrote:.

How about-Take a course in photography basics-Buy a book on photography basics?.

I would hope that someone would want to learn some basic skillsBEFORE opening up a photography studio. But these days, anyone with adigital camera thinks they can jump right in to the "biz" withoutlearning anything..

You're not that same person who claimed to be "West Palm Beach'sPremiere Portrait Photographer" who didn't know how to use her 50mmf/1.4 lens? Or how to take a properly focused photo for her "clients"?.

HINT - Learn about photography BEFORE you even entertain the idea ofopening any kind of business where you take money from people...

Comment #2

Bit early to be starting a studio, isn't it? That's not meant to be mean, just truthful. Are you ready to charge people for your services, when you have to ask such basic questions?.

You don't give us enough info to actually help you much. The first question is: What camera are we talking about? Without that bit of info, there isn't much I can do to assist. The manual that came with the camera should have all sorts of information on adjusting shutter speeds and apertures and flashes. It may be worth the effort of reading through it a few times, with the camera in hand while you do so. It makes much more sense that way..

As for lights... indoor portraits will usually require some sort of light, unless you have a camera that is capable of good quality in low light. Either strobe flashes or continuous lights, which ever you prefer. Depending on what sort of gear you actually have, the continuous lights are going to be easier to use and much less expensive than strobes. You don't even have to buy "photo" lights, it is possible to get decent results with a few lights from the local hardware store..

I'm not trying to be mean here... but we need a little more info to really help you..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

Comment #3

Wow, that was kind of harsh dont' you think. especially since I said I was JUST opening up, not that I was going to start my business. Especially since I said I was putting together a portfolio, not getting real customers. Especially since I put I was getting friends to show case in my album, not getting strangers from the street that will expect good results. Thanks for the help I had already hinted at in my thread saying "does anyone know of a good photography course I could take." With help like this, I might as well not written anything..

Thanks..

Comment #4

This one was even meaner. I think you all should reserve your rudeness for people you know. This was uncalled for...

Comment #5

And no, I'm not the West Palm Beach company. I haven't even begun advertising myself or even telling anyone about my studio other than close relatives and friends...i'm JUST STARTING UP...exactly what the phrase implies...

Comment #6

Ok, I'll be nice..

Can you please tell us what camera you are using, so we can attempt to help you with some specific information related to your problems?.

And why did you start three threads of the exact same question?JTP850http://picasaweb.google.com/JTYooper..

Comment #7

Jenny Snaps wrote:.

And no, I'm not the West Palm Beach company. I haven't even begunadvertising myself or even telling anyone about my studio other thanclose relatives and friends...i'm JUST STARTING UP...exactly what thephrase implies..

Yes, but you are also tripling posting (actually 4 threads  ) the same qeustion throughout this forum.....you just need to post once and folks will eventually get you an answer.....

So, onto the basics, what kind of camera do you have, lenses, lightinh set up, etc...that would go a long way towards helping you out if we knew some basic info about your gear..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #8

I tried deleting the other ones but I dno't know how. Please understand, I just subscribed to this site and had never done anything on it. When I saw that people hadn't responded in the first hour, I thought I had done something wrong so I tried re-posting. I'm really sorry for sounding so agitated, but you have to admit that you guys came down on me pretty harsh. I JUST started even considering the idea of putting together a photo studio (literally a month ago). I would never dream of charging people without getting experience first ~ hence photographing my family and friends.

Everyone starts from somewhere, My hubby got me this camera b/c I simply adore taking pictures and doing special effects with my software.....

I have a Canon EOS 30D with a Speedlite of 430 EX and a Image Stabilizer lense 28-135MM Ultra Sonic..

I have my sister in law's maternity shoot this weekend and was trying to set it up where I don't need the flash on. I wanted to turn off all the lights and have a light beaming on her but the camera won't let me take the picture this way. Thats where my first question came in, what setting should it be at etc...

Comment #9

I can't wait to see where this one goes!Regards,Baz..

Comment #10

You know what, don't even worry about it. I hope you guys don't have kids, b/c if this is how you would respond to an inspired person that wants to start doing something and has to commence SOMEWHERE then your kids have no hope! I'm sorry I asked, and don't worry, I'll ask better educated and more informed individuals to assist me...

Comment #11

Yeah, I agree. Now if we could merge all three threads into one, just to keep all of the witty (edit: and helpful) responses together, that would be golden...JTP850http://picasaweb.google.com/JTYooper..

Comment #12

Thanks JT I agree...if someone has a constructive and helpful response that would be best. Thanks!..

Comment #13

Jenny, may I suggest a few books? Here is one from an Amazon search:.

Http://www.amazon.com/...37?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189184919&sr=1-1.

Or head down to your local bookstore. I myself have picked up a couple books/magazines related to outdoor/landscape photography, tremendously helpful..

And while it may not appear as such at the moment for you, this forum is a wealth of information. The "search" function can help sort out specific subjects (when it works, there is some downtime occasionally).JTP850http://picasaweb.google.com/JTYooper..

Comment #14

Jenny Snaps wrote:.

I have a Canon EOS 30D with a Speedlite of 430 EX and a ImageStabilizer lense 28-135MM Ultra Sonic..

I have my sister in law's maternity shoot this weekend and was tryingto set it up where I don't need the flash on. I wanted to turn offall the lights and have a light beaming on her but the camera won'tlet me take the picture this way. Thats where my first question camein, what setting should it be at etc..

Your camera should work just fine in any mode. For available light you will want to be in aperture priority with your aperture set to the widest opening (the smallest number). You will almost certainly need a tripod for this shoot to ensure a sharp picture. You will also need to learn how to use spot metering in this situation or you will probably not get a properly exposed photograph..

If for some reason your camera will not shoot a picture in any mode in available light, then it is one of two things....your camera is not achieving a focus lock and thus the shutter will not release (there should be a way to override this in your system menus) or your camera is faulty in some way. I've never enountered a properly operating DSLR that would not snap a picture just because the light levels were low....sure you will get a longish exposure but the shutter should fire unless the camera is defective or some menu setting is preventing it..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #15

Please see the information provided to your other post on this forum..

For this week ends shoot, either use the flash or go to your hardware store and purchase one or two floodlights with extension cords and some means of holding the lights. Whatever time of day you are going to shoot, on the day before set everything up with a model and check your settings. Try various light locations..

I am not a pro but you are in a panic mode and this is the best suggestion I can make. Good luck..

As an added note, you are not the first person to jump in over their head. Although it presents problems, it seems to me this is better than never attempting to do something new..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #16

The floodlights may seem to be an overkill, but remember you can place them back far enough to get the picture you want and provide enough light for your camera to get the pic with a faster shutter speed..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #17

BILL THANK YOU... No one said it'd be easy, nor did I expect it to be. Your support is well appreciated!..

Comment #18

I have the 400 XTi and I find that if I'm in very low light the cam will search for a focus point, and if it can't find one it will flash the green dot in the viewfinder and NOT take the photo. HOWEVER, if I switch to MF, I can snap with any focus. Not quite the same problem you're describing.What settings are you using?400D XTi ~ I love it!18-55mm Canon Kit lens50mm Canon f/1.8 MKII28-300mm Sigma f/3.5-6.33 Batteries2 Chargers1 Bag to hold it all together..

Comment #19

Did I say you were the West Palm Beach company? I thought my reply was not harsh at all. I offered to help you, and you apparently have it all under control now..

On the back of the camera, which is the side without the lens, there are several buttons and switches. The switch on the bottom edge, just to the right of center, is the power switch. Push the little lever up, so that the marker is pointing at the "off" setting..

Now, go and read the manual that was in the same box as the camera. Read it several times. Believe it or not, it will answer your questions..

If dpreview had a killfile, you'd be in it now..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

Comment #20

Caoedhen wrote:.

Did I say you were the West Palm Beach company? I thought my replywas not harsh at all. I offered to help you, and you apparently haveit all under control now..

I am sure she meant her reply for egorden's first post, she must have picked your post to reply to by mistake..

If dpreview had a killfile, you'd be in it now..

I would agree with this. Unfortunately, internet forums can be a bit harsh for newbies. At first, I found this forum's structure a bit confusing, but I took my time to poke around and understand it, before jumping in. While not as feature-rich as other forums, I now kind of like the simplicity.JTP850http://picasaweb.google.com/JTYooper..

Comment #21

Get your model(s) to hold a Grey card and take a test shot to set your white balance so you have proper colour for your shotsGreat read:http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/white-balance.htm.

Sparky_caI have a photographic memory, but I always seem to have the lens cap on. Current Camera Canon 30D..

Comment #22

HPNut wrote:.

What settings are you using?.

Hi, I'm Mike from one...no, wait a minute...make that two of the lower priority threads on the same subject started by Jenny (four, total, from what I can figure out). I just wanted to pop in here because this one appears to be far more entertaining than the other three, with it's amusing Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic or Who's On First? ambience..

Before I reserve a spot on one of the lifeboats and bail as quickly as possible, Jenny is shooting in Portrait mode with the flash forced off. Not sure whether the combatants on this thread have been privy to that info..

Say goodnight, Gracie.....

Comment #23

Dont be put off with responses like those. You will get the odd ones who will try and convince you not to do something because you are not ready or you are not experienced. Some people do that deliberately because they feel threatened when they feel someone is about to take over their business/money. Or someone is about to be successfull and they are yet to try..

What you are doing is right. There is no better way of learning something than trying it. Remember success will not come to you.... you have to go to it even if it involves taking risks..

Sorry cant help you with your camera.. I'm still learning mine.. ..

Comment #24

Hi Jenny - Nice to "meet" you. I am the Palm Beach County person that Evan Gordon (egordon99) refers to oh so often. I take portraits of children. I asked about sensor sizes and using a certain lens with groups and he has bashed me from the very beginning. I knew instinctively he would bash you, too, when I first read your post..

I wish you the best on your adventure...read books, scour the internet, take courses, shoot, shoot, shoot, ask many, many questions, make friends, and NEVER let this forum's disgruntled (albeit technically savvy) *$#*'s bring you down..

There are soo many other wonderfully helpful photographers that post and reply here that you may want to stick around. I'm still here even though I sometimes wonder why. The negative energy is sometimes palpable. Stay positive and do what you LOVE! As for this forum, take what you like, and leave the rest!.

Oh, by the way, these images are not up for C&C (comments and criticism) to the forum because they would be torn to shreds, but the mother was more than willing to shell out money for these images. She could have called upon any photographer but she chose me and cried (with happiness, Evan) when she saw the images..

I love them, the client loves them. End of story..

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Jenny Snaps wrote:.

And no, I'm not the West Palm Beach company. I haven't even begunadvertising myself or even telling anyone about my studio other thanclose relatives and friends...i'm JUST STARTING UP...exactly what thephrase implies..

Jennifer.

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Comment #25

JTYooper wrote:.

Unfortunately, internet forums can be a bitharsh for newbies..

Newbies who have actually made and effort to answer their own questions always seem to get lots of friendly help..

But the forum is harsh on people that say, "my camera isn't working!" and then fail to tell you what kind of camera it is. It's also harsh for people that ask for a photographic encyclopedia's worth of information in a forum post, and need the answer right away. Such posts give the impression that the poster doesn't care about the time others spend answering questions (by forcing people to ask the unnecessary, what kind of camera do you have) and it also gives the impression that the person doesnt see the forum as a community but as a support service to get what they need so that they dont have to waste their own time..

Neither of those impressions leaves a good taste in forum members mouths...

Comment #26

JSampson wrote:.

Hi Jenny - Nice to "meet" you. I am the Palm Beach County personthat Evan Gordon (egordon99) refers to oh so often. I take portraitsof children. I asked about sensor sizes and using a certain lenswith groups and he has bashed me from the very beginning. I knewinstinctively he would bash you, too, when I first read your post..

With technology changing as much as it is, it seems to me it is very difficult for a professional, in any field, to stay current with everything in their field. People, however, expect the pro to know everything which puts the pro in a position of being reluctant to ask a question. You could call this situation "forced ignorance"..

I hope my doctor is not subject to forced ignorance..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #27

Please do not think I am being mean to you..

Your question should have been, "Please help me learn how to........" and not mentioned opening a studio or making a portfolio at all..

Even though I give you high marks for wanting to "open a photography studio", and are using friends and family to "build a portfolio", your post comes across as putting the cart wayyyyyyyy before the horse. Hence, some of the harshness you have received..

There will be years of study, classes, seminars, practice, and more study and practice before one is ready to open a studio. Even then, the "portfolio" will most likely consist of the most recent six to eight months work...

Comment #28

Graystar wrote:.

... But the forum is harsh on people that say, "my camera isn't working!"and then fail to tell you what kind of camera it is. It's also harshfor people that ask for a photographic encyclopedia's worth ofinformation in a forum post, and need the answer right away. Suchposts give the impression that the poster doesn't care about the timeothers spend answering questions (by forcing people to ask theunnecessary, what kind of camera do you have) and it also gives theimpression that the person doesnt see the forum as a community butas a support service to get what they need so that they dont have towaste their own time..

Neither of those impressions leaves a good taste in forum membersmouths..

I endorse every word you say. I take the trouble to read and post in the Beginner's Forum but it really gets up my nose when someone does not even provide the most basic of information but expects me to extract it from them and to do so immediately. There is also an arrogance about the approach of asking without reading the manual which says "I am far too important to be troubling with reading the manual. Just tell me the answer to save my time.".

To be fair to the OP on one issue - with so many live chat rooms around I wonder if her multiple post might be explained in that way?.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #29

Mikemarshall wrote:.

HPNut wrote:.

What settings are you using?.

I just wanted to pop in herebecause this one appears to be far more entertaining than the otherthree, with it's amusing Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanicor Who's On First? ambience..

I'm very surprised the original poster didn't snap at you yet. Tadaaaaaa...

Comment #30

Apiron wrote:.

Mikemarshall wrote:.

I just wanted to pop in herebecause this one appears to be far more entertaining than the otherthree, with it's amusing Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanicor Who's On First? ambience..

I'm very surprised the original poster didn't snap at you yet.Tadaaaaaa..

Good line, apiron. Ba dah bump!.

It looks like Jenny is long gone from these forums, at least for the time being, so we're probably just talking amongst ourselves in the 4 threads she started. As suggested by others, it's a good example of how *not* to ask for help..

We all know how daunting photography can be to the novice, especially in this age of free and often overwhelming information. Little wonder people reach overload and come here for assistance in sorting things out..

I'm certainly no expert but I'm willing to pitch in if I feel some research or experimenting has taken place before the question(s) is/are posed..

I'd much rather *en*courage than *dis*courage but if I feel somebody is taking advantage of us, all bets are off.Perhaps Jenny will use a different approach in the future, here or elsewhere...

Comment #31

Buy and read the book 'Understanding Exposure'..

Buy a light stand and a white brolly and an adapter to go on top of the stand which holds the umbrella and your flash. Also get an off-camera flash cord to connect the flash to your camera (flashes mounted on camera generally give poor lighting for portraits)..

Buy a reflector (or a big white board)..

Search the Internet for an article called 'Understanding EOS flash' and read it all..

Read the 'Lighting' forum here at DPReveiew - look out especially for Chuck Gardner's posts..

Pose a teddy bear and practice taking photos of it with the flash in different positions. Also move the reflector around to see how that changes things..

And for the record, your opened your post with 'I'm starting a Photography Studio', not 'I'm thinking of...' or 'I'd like to...' - that's why you got sarcastic replies..

I started doing portraits semi-seriously 3 years ago - It's a steep learning curve..

Steve..

Comment #32

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