Unit 105 Studio Practice in Photography -Techniques

Studio techniques

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This is your basic studio this is your basic studio You can have studios 10 to 15 different clients and a variety of different backdrops but A lot of studio equipment especially the lights are very expensive. As you can see in the image there are three lights with softboxes on this particular studio can have up to 5 to 6 different lights working at the same time with a variety of attachments to them from a honeycomb to a softbox.

This is a photo of my studio set up during my fruit shoot where I dropped pieces of fruit and vegetables into a body of sparkly water. For my lighting are used to softboxes on either side and made them produce a constant beam of light so I didn't have to use the light trigger. I used a black background as to not distract from the subject. I photographed the subject at a 1/500s of the second and an ISO OF 1000.

This is a photo of my studio set up during my fruit shoot where I dropped pieces of fruit and vegetables into a body of sparkly water. For my lighting are used to softboxes on either side and made them produce a constant beam of light so I didn't have to use the light trigger. I used a black background as to not distract from the subject. I photographed the subject at a 1/500s of the second and an ISO OF 1000.

Studio

Key lighting is the type of lighting the photographer will choose when going into the studio it is perhaps one of the most important action to do when photographing in the studio. These are just some of the key lighting in which you can do. It is often used that the photographer will use multiple key lighting in the studio.

Hard-Key Lighting: Hard lights are normally very dramatic and the light source is coming from a direct source. you can tell if a photo has hard lighting or soft lighting depending on how sharp and hard the shadows are.

Hard and Soft Key lighting: 

Floor lighting: Floor lighting is just lighting which is coming from down below

Hair Lighting: Hair lighting is when you are lighting the subject's hair this is normally done when the subject how this darker hair and there is a dark background so that the photographer can separate each other.

Separation Light:

Final with a black background

lighting styles

Short lighting is often used for low key, or darker portraits. Short lighting can be achieved by having the models face  turned towards the light source. The part of the face that is turned away from the camera has the most light on it.

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Butterfly lighting is one of the three techniques for lighting a subject. The Butterfly technique creates a shadow that forms underneath the subject's nose. It can be achieved by using a light above the subject pointing down 

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Rembrandt lighting is one of the 3 basic lighting setups that is used in photography. A light on one half the face, and a triangle of light on the shadowed side of the face. It can be achieved using one light with a snoot modifier and some times you can use reflector.

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Equipment

This is basic camera equipment that can be found in a studio including a range of camera lenses. Quite a lot of equipment which can be added to, to benefit the growing custom. The wider variety of pictures you can take the more custom you will get. 

  • A honeycomb grid is a light modifier that is commonly used in studio photography. It narrows the beam of light to a circle with soft edges

  • •In photography, a snoot is a tube that fits on to studio light, it allows the photographer to control the direction and radius of the light beam

  • A softbox diffuses the light giving a soft even light. The closer the softbox is to the model, the softer the light becomes

Speed Light

Setting the camera for wireless flash 

  1. Custom Setting Menu – Go to bracketing/flash
  2. Press E2 – Flash Control built in flash
  3. Select Commander Mode
  4. Use the toggle to move the cursor and set the flash up as displayed the diagrams.
  5. -- in Mode will send a beam to trigger the flash, almost like a TV remote.
  6. Remember that the flashes need to be in the line of sight, or they may not sync together.
  • 1_front light only
  • 2_back lights: For the short, we had to elevate the bottle because the light on the rim of the bottle did not follow at the bottom of it.
  • 3_front light small softbox: For this image, we had the problem where the softbox was appearing on the wine bottle. This could be corrected by repositioning the softbox or photoshop it out.
  • 4_front light honeycomb
  • 5_final_front light small softbox
  • 6_final_front light honeycomb