Hi, I am a newbie to studio lightings. I just setup my Jinbei RL330 strobe (will be getting another strobe, the RL660, soon) and since TTL metering is not doing any good in studio photography, I wonder how I should set the exposure?
all studio lights are manual power, you can use a light meter to read the exposure.
another way is to light up your set, get a 18% gray card, place at the subject position, fill your frame with gray card, fire a shot, adjust your flash power or aperture till you get the peak of the histogram right at the center of the graph.
haha i just rmember i did the show and click thing last week in front of some ppl just to smoke them a little...
ya light meter helps, but u can do without them after a while
i normally use the grey card method. works good enough for me.
catchlights, of course, many pros who work with their lights all day all night, they eyes become their light meters. Good for you.
You cannot expect that for everyone. With multiple light set ups, multiple = more than one, get a light meter. With only one, maybe, possibly, you can do without.
Polaris is fine.
I am using a Minolta Autometer III for years, before I lost it, then bought a IV, and have been using it for years. You can look into getting one 2nd hand, but then, caveat emptor.
Just make sure the meter measure incident light, and better still have the option to trigger the flash/strobes, or ways to measure flash outputs, then you will be in business.
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