Studio Set-up..??


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Hi guys.

I'm thinking of going into Studio Photography.
But as a newbie (I've not tried studio shoots before), there are some things which I can't think of..
I'm interested to do a low-key kind of shoot in B&W.

I will shine a studio light, like this one --> Link, 45 deg from the model's front.
On top of that, I will be using a soft-box diffuser to be almost right in front of the model face.
**The model sitting down on a chair, front facing me..


For such an instance, logically, there will be a shadow.
Is there a way to minimise shadow of the model in the picture?
Will spot metering reduce the shadow of the model in the pic? :dunno:

Sorry to trouble you guys.. :embrass:
Thanks!
 

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yo, why don't want shadow?
when there is highligt, midtone, and shadow on subject, it create 3D effect, without shadow, it looks FLAT, beside, only ghost don't have shadow.


how about check out studio lighting set up tutorial at youtube, get some basic idea first.
 

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yo, why don't want shadow?
when there is highligt, midtone, and shadow on subject, it create 3D effect, without shadow, it looks FLAT, beside, only ghost don't have shadow.


how about check out studio lighting set up tutorial at youtube, get some basic idea first.
It's common for studio shots to have shadow? :dunno:
 

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is this the low key studio lighting you are talking about?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21541790@N00/3913415081/

most of the part are in shadow, so don't have shadow how would this photo look like?
I mean, shadow of the person and the chair appearing at the backdrop (if the light is harsh)..
Hope you can understand what I'm saying..
 

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Yes.. Something like that but the shadow is backwards..
All my lights in the front of the model, so the shadows appear behind the model.

Such shots "acceptable" and not a "mistake" in studio portraiture photography?
 

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If it's a straigh-on shot with no shadow... Looks like foto-me passport photos.
 

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Yes.. Something like that but the shadow is backwards..
All my lights in the front of the model, so the shadows appear behind the model.

Such shots "acceptable" and not a "mistake" in studio portraiture photography?
Based on the questions you've asked here, it seems like you have a problem with lighting basics and composition. Those apply to both studio and outdoor shoots with or without strobes.

Go google for how some photographers set up their lighting and the effects that various light modifiers can give you. Light falls, just make sure it falls in your favour. :)
 

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Based on the questions you've asked here, it seems like you have a problem with lighting basics and composition. Those apply to both studio and outdoor shoots with or without strobes.

Go google for how some photographers set up their lighting and the effects that various light modifiers can give you. Light falls, just make sure it falls in your favour. :)
Er.. For outdoors, I don't use strobes.
 

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Er.. For outdoors, I don't use strobes.
you've mistaken cutecdo comment.

is not about setting up strobes, if you able to know what is good light, you will go and find it when you use natural light, you will try to create it when you set up artificial light.
 

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It would be better for the TS to have a thorough understanding of NATURE's light before dwelling into artificial lighting.
 

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catchlights...

great shots. Shadow does wonder! It creates a 3D effect!
 

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Yes, that's what I meant. Thanks catchlights :)
Ok, now I get what you meant.
Thanks, catchlights. :D

It would be better for the TS to have a thorough understanding of NATURE's light before dwelling into artificial lighting.
I think I not ready for studio after all.. :(
 

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