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In Topic: Small Studio Continuous Lighting

16 May 2011 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (Ted Vieira @ May 15 2011, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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!


iso settings only accentuate the grain normally, so the lower the iso the closer the grain, and on a 2ft x 3ft print it could be quite noticeable.

Have you tried dropping the shutter speed to 1/60th and going for 100asa/iso?



In Topic: Pricing Engagment Picture's

15 April 2011 - 07:18 PM

QUOTE (Cygnus @ Nov 1 2010, 10:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was asked to photography an engagment. I am not doing the wedding becasue the bride to be is going to her home state to be married late next year. How do you figure out how much to charge for the job? For aurgument sake let's say I photograph them for 2 hours, want prints and do work in photoshop. I understand photoshop is where your work really begins. How do you begin to figure out pricing?

just a few questions first

are you amateur/professional
have you got public liability insurance
have you got to travel or stay overnight
are you printing yourself
have you the confidence to do justice to the event

a semi pro I know charges 50 pence a mile over 5 miles
he has public liability insurance to the value of 1000000 wouldn't quote how much it cost
9" x 6" prints are 10 each unframed
15 " x 10" are 15 each unframed
and hourly rate for photographing subject 20 - minimum of 2 hrs

hope that throws some light on the subject or has it fogged your paper more