New Studio Need a few tips

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Hello, I've been an "on location" photographer for quite a while now, I recently invested in some portable lighting equipment and have been experimenting.
I made my husband be my model and we shot about 200 photos, and I swear not a single one was as in focus as I was looking for.
I tried different exposure settings, and different ISO's.
I guess any nudge in the right direction would be appreciated.
I use a Canon Rebel XT
Glass Canon Lens EF 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5
Canon Lens EFS 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6
Two white umbrella Smith-Victor lights, if you need more technical info on that let me know I'll look.
Thanks, Carrie

Here is the link to 4 of the photos.
http://www.zylkaphotography.com/Zach.html
 
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Also, it is continuous lighting.
 

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Your shutter speeds are too low. You were shooting at about 1/100th of a second.
 

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might need a faster shutter...but still...I get crystal clear shots with 1/60...
Focus manually and see if that helps.
Focus on his eyes.
Also, you may increase the depth of field with a smaller aperture f/8 or f/11 or something.
 

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Was the autofocus turned on? Manual focus?

Also in time you will find the angles and light intensity levels that work best for you. I was going to add that you were also likely shooting a little too slow. For hand held and studio lighting, around 1/125th works well.

This is a reason I prefer strobes for my studio setups. Flash synch speeds are 1/250th and the lighting is a little stronger.

Also you may want to get to know the WB numbers for your lights. In general all were too warm and one was too cold.
 
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Was the autofocus turned on? Manual focus?

Also in time you will find the angles and light intensity levels that work best for you. I was going to add that you were also likely shooting a little too slow. For hand held and studio lighting, around 1/125th works well.

This is a reason I prefer strobes for my studio setups. Flash synch speeds are 1/250th and the lighting is a little stronger.

Also you may want to get to know the WB numbers for your lights. In general all were too warm and one was too cold.


I will have to play with the shutter speeds, it's something I have not played around with too much.
What are the pros and cons to strobe lighting? I am not too familiar with them, does everyone reccomend them over continuous lighting? Any good tutorials anyone ca point me to?
And, if there are a bunch of people who promote strobes, what are the specs of the ones you use?
Thanks!
 

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In general, the results are superior and there are no heat issues like with constant on lighting.

Might I suggest a book for you? Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting is one that I am going to be ordering soon, and I heard it was excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/02...TF8&coliid=I256E0M8XQ2XYR&colid=39VWSI6QPLH2C

As for me, I have two options, my 110volt strobes for in house shooting (that are WB balanced for 5600Kout of the box) and my SB-800 that I can mount on an umbrella for places and times that I want to get portable (I ned to get another SB-800 or 2 to be optimal for me, IMHO).

Another good place to start online:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

Enjoy!
 
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In general, the results are superior and there are no heat issues like with constant on lighting.

Might I suggest a book for you? Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting is one that I am going to be ordering soon, and I heard it was excellent.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/02...TF8&coliid=I256E0M8XQ2XYR&colid=39VWSI6QPLH2C

As for me, I have two options, my 110volt strobes for in house shooting (that are WB balanced for 5600Kout of the box) and my SB-800 that I can mount on an umbrella for places and times that I want to get portable (I ned to get another SB-800 or 2 to be optimal for me, IMHO).

Another good place to start online:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

Enjoy!

Excellent and thank you!
I will have to put the book on the old Christmas list. I would like to utilize the equipment I have and probably switch over to strobes instead of the continuous lighting, like you said it sure does get hot quick!!!
And there is just nothing more unatractive than a sweaty girl with a camera...lol
 

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Excellent and thank you!
Very welcome. And yes, I understand your desire to use the setup that you have invested in. In a very short time, you will learn how to best exploit your setup and get some nice pics out of it. Don't be shy to post a few for us to see!

And there is just nothing more unatractive than a sweaty girl with a camera...lol

That depends on what side of the lens she is on... lol.
 

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