Studio Lighting...Help

Discussion in 'Lighting and Hardware' started by kozment, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The ISO for studio work should be <200. First, are you actually using studio lighting (moonlight or pack & head strobes) or are you using some cheap 'Cowboy Studio' style MiC PoS continuous light source?


     
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    The D3400 can get perfectly usable images with minimal noise up to about ISO 1600, but as was previously mentioned you're much better off keeping your ISO around 100-400 if you're in a controlled studio environment. It sounds like you're probably using a continuous lighting setup that just isn't bright enough - even with the cheapest speed lights, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to shoot at ISO 100 at f/5.6. Your best bet might be to look into some inexpensive speed lights, such as Yongnuo YN-560 or similar.
     
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    So are you saying that you were using aperture priority and letting the camera do the rest? While I agree that you do want to be able to choose the aperture, but you also want to be able to keep the shutter speed up, which leaves the ISO as the variable but using off camera lighting, you should be able to keep that under ISO1000 as long as you have enough lighting.

    To be able to have this kind of control, working in manual mode typically works best.
     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    the key in all these posts is: not enough light.
     
  5. kozment

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    Thanks, I took some random photos after your comments, and I found a few issues with the setup, one to little light. I added two more lights and found I could keep the iso around 100 with a shutter speed of about 1/120, so as soon as I can get my subject, (my wife) to take a few more, I'm going to see how this works
     
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    You should get much,much better images with the ISO in ther 400,320,250,200 range; if the studio lights are not very bright and are continuously on lights (like LED bulbs or incadnescent light bulbs or fluorescent light bulb types), then slower shutter speeds, in the 1/30 to 1/8 second range, will likely be needed with ,"Studio f/stops" like f/5.6 or f/6.3 or f/7.1 or in that mid-sized aperture zone.

    For flash photos, the shutter speed is not much of a factor, since the bright "Flash!" of the light is much shorter a duration than the shuitter speed, so the lens aperture number (f/8 or whatever) is important, but a range of shutter speeds can be used with fairly equal results.
     
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    What the other's have said. If the lights are not bright enough to get a decent shutter speed, with your selected aperture. Move them closer.

    Also what are your light modifiers. Silver umbrellas, soft boxes, white umbrellas, silver umbrellas?? Or straight on hot lights?
     

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