Workflow for Shooting With Strobes

Member Articles
  • Make sure lights are in position, chairs/props are 5-6’ away from backdrop
    • ISO- 200
    • TV (shutter priority) 1/200 (my Alien Bees work real well with syncing at 1/200, other lights work well between 1/125-1/250) Take a picture and see how it looks.
    • Set F-Stop to ____ (we will tell you when we meter)
    • Shoot in Single shot mode –not good to have in continuous mode as lights can’t keep up
  • Option 1 Custom-shoot gray card, (Canon) if Histogram to your liking, select picture in custom white balance and continue.
  • Option 2 Preset  Select Flash or other preset
  • NOTE- do NOT use Auto, all the courses I have attended, every teacher has advised NOT to use Auto but to pick a preset and work with it.
  • Option 3 Color checker passport
  • Take your pictures,
    • Pose your model,
    • Don’t be afraid to talk to her, ask her to move her head, shoulders, face etc.
    • Don’t forget about their hands, ask him/her to move their hand(s), hold their collar, put a hand on their shoulder, etc
    • If using umbrellas, bottom of umbrella should be at the bottom of the subjects chin.
    • Make sure there are NO glares in glasses or bald spots on heads.
  • Post Editing:
    • 1st level Free software
      • Picasa by Google
      • Gimp
    • 2nd level
      • iPhoto for Mac
      • ACDSee for PC’s
    • 3rd level
      • Adobe Elements
      • Adobe Lightroom
      • Adobe Photoshop
  • Please give the workshop chair/leader of this event a set of your finished pictures so they can give them to the model in return for them modeling this evening for us. This is our way we say “THANK YOU” to them for their time and patience with us!


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.

Share It

Login required to comment
Be the first to comment

Shopping Cart

View Cart

Coming Up...


General Meeting




General Meeting

PSA & S4C News

Get your S4C UEN here

My Account