Control the Light

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Using ambient light:

  • Camera profile- take a picture of color checker on the passport.
  • White balance camera. Use color checker passport, take picture of white card on passport, select image.
  • Meter room- Meter will give ISO, and F-stop. Then meter under chin of subject towards camera. Don’t rely upon meter in camera, can give false readings, use hand meter.
  • Camera is on Shutter priority
  • Reflective Readings:
    1. Dome in- want to eliminate the influence of any other lights, especially when using studio lights.  Really control contribution of each light.
    2. Dome out- shooting “Back towards the camera” want it to illuminate all light around the subject
  • Can use reflectors to throw light where you want it. Don’t be afraid to use one! You should be able to see the desired result, move the reflector until you do.

Environmental Portraiture

  • Mixing flash with available light:
  • Flash, meter, light stand, Pocket Wizard w/cord, sandbag
  • Put flash on full manual “M”
  • Set up light meter- 1/3 stop increments,  put on channel 1 to match PW
  • Pocket Wizard- put on channel 1
  • Good rule is to have fill flash 10ft away (start at F8 as rule of thumb).

Shaping Light in the Studio

Studio portrait lighting:

  • Make sure Meter is set in 1/3 stops
  • Don’t be afraid to use, white or silver reflector. Soft boxes must be very close to subject.
  • Main light, fill light, hair light, backlight, background light,…don’t over light but don’t under light either.
  • Can use umbrellas or soft boxes but usually shouldn’t mix.
  • MUST know what lights are going to do!
  • Tip-hang reflector from light stand and use clamp at the top to hold it.

by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn't get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she�s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. I really like old structures, she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

I'm really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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