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Ted Vieira

Member Since 15 May 2011
Offline Last Active May 16 2011 04:50 PM
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Small Studio Continuous Lighting

15 May 2011 - 08:40 PM

I'm just starting to set up a small portrait studio. Currently I've got two octagon softboxes (450w each), a Canon 580ex II and a couple 5in1 reflectors. I'd like some advice from those more experienced in this area.

I'm finding that I get the best results when I place the softboxes about 4-6 feet away from the subject. One on full power and one at about 1/3pwr, each at about a 35degree angle in front of the subject, no flash. My camera settings are 1/100 f5.6 ISO 800.

I'm shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II. Is the 800 ISO going to hurt me when it comes to printing the images? (I'll be sending them out) Especially if I end up making 24"x36" prints? I can move the lights closer and decrease the ISO, but I don't like the effect I get from the lighting.

Anyway, this may be a little to general or vague but I would appreciate any tips or recommendations you might make based on what I have to work with.

Thanks very much!

Ted