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  1. rCOSIO

    rCOSIO TPF Noob!

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    Ok guys,

    Put together some things to shoot in my garage, for a lil home studio. Have a white paper backdrop, one strobe with umbrella (silver in/black out), one strobe with softbox, and one Canon 430 exII ... shooting all with wireless trigger ....

    Where should these guys be positioned .... for a while I was shooting with the umbrella to camer's left position high, pointing down towards chest area, with 430 on right side of camera pointed up towards face (i didnt have the other strove with softbox at this time)... and ehhh i can get away with it after post editing ...

    but, i got a strobe w/softbox added, and my backdrop looks horrible with my setup with just the two (from above), so any ideas ...

    Where should i position strobe w/umbrella, strobe w/softbox, and 430 flash?

    Thanks ...
     
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    Browncoat No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Human nature cracks me up sometimes. "Hey, I just bought all this stuff, now what do I do with it?"

    Next time, try: "Hey, this is what I want to achieve, what do I need to buy?"
     
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    Hey browncoat, thanks for the wise crack. I have been shooting with my strobe w/umbrella and two 430's for quite a while now. Was satisfied with what I had after post editing.

    Although, i no longer have a second 430 to use (only one now) and just picked up an additional strobe w/softbox.

    Was just curious to see how others would position these three lights for a very small home studio: Strobe w/umbrella, Strobe w/softbox, and 430exII Flash.

    * Actually only purchased the white paper and backdrop stand, everything else was given to me.

    Thanks Anyways though ...
     
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    What is it you are wanting to light in your home studio? People? Products? Model airplanes? Crafts? Clods of Dirt?

    Place the lights where they give you the effect you want.

    There is no cut and dried placement, though there are some common portrait lighting styles like Rembrandt, Clamshell, broad lighting, short lighting, butterfly lighting, split lighting, etc.

    A medium gray (Savage - Thunder Gray) would have been much more versatile.
     
  5. rCOSIO

    rCOSIO TPF Noob!

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    Sorry bout that KMH ... good piece of info missing. It just mainly for people/portraits ...

    Just looking for some basic setups that can be helpfull ....
     
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    Browncoat No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You're welcome. Sometimes it takes a wisecrack for people to go back and re-read what they've posted. It can be hard for others to pick up on what you assume is already implied.

    Check this out, might give you some ideas:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRbOZfmd7mE[/ame]
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    There are bunches all over the Internet.

    I've listed some you can explore further.

    This will show why a gray background is so useful:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDGn4VzEOlU[/ame]
     
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    What's he need a gray background for, he has one whether he likes it or not if he doesn't know how to light it. H
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    :thumbup::D
     
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    Thx for the video's guys ....
     
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    Hoey has some great tutorials, just shoot and see what works.
     

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