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Old Oct 22, 2006, 6:28 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I am extremely new here, and I am just a little nervous...anyway, I have recently turned my garage into a "photo studio". The garage is 13'w x 22'l and has regular flourescent lighting (4 lights). I have very little experience with studio lighting as I have done much of my photography portraits outside or just used natural light. My husband decided to buy some studio lights from e-bay for me, and this is what he got: the brand is HUAYI and the kit included two soft boxes (20"x27", & 15" x 24"), one umbrella, black & silver, 130v/60 HZ, and a round silver/gold reflector (33"). The kit cost $269 american. I am having trouble setting the lights up because everytime I take a vertical shot shot I get very bad shadows. I have tried moving the subject further from the backdrop but still the same thing! Did we get ripped off big time with this lighting kit as it is not powerful enough or am I just not getting it?? Any input would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old Nov 8, 2006, 8:31 AM   #2
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Hi Photopat,

You did not get ripped off. The lights seem to function. The thing with lights is you still need to purchase a "FLASH METER" to adjust your lighting to your F-stop and shutter speed. TTL does not work with studio lights. Use manual mode and set shutter speed to 1/60th and F-stop to F-8 then meter and adjustyour lights to that set-up. (Using ISO-100)

You need to set your subjects far enough from the background and set your lights as high as you can above the subject without getting shadows under the eyes and chin. White umbrella's are better then silver for portraits. I don't know why they always seem to include silver umbrellas in the kits.

There are links to lighting at the top of the Steves Studio Lighting forum that you can go to for valuable information on lighting.

But do get a "FLASH" meter because it is a very necessary tool for using studio lights.

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