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infamily Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Sep 2009Thu 20-Dec-12 11:57 PM
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"Need help with lighting setup for family portrait"


Minneapolis, US
          

Hello all,

Kids will be home from college and have been thinking of setting up a make shift studio for family portrait. I have never done this so any help/tips will be greatly appreciated.

I can rent studio strobes with soft box, umbrellas, extra flash guns , backdrops and other equipment from local store. I have d800, sb900 and 70-200MM VRII.

Thnaks for your help.

Sandeep

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luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010Sat 22-Dec-12 01:33 PM
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Port Charlotte, US
          

The first thing I would do is find some online articles about a basic studio portrait setup. In general you'll find many studios use the following:

2 strobes with softboxes in front of the subject(s) at 45 degrees.
Light ratio between the two strobes is 2:1
A hairlight on a boom, slightly in back of the subjects, shining down to light the hair.

You might want to get a lightmeter and have someone show you how to use it to set up your exposure, etc.

In general, you'll want to keep your subject(s) 2-3 feet or farther away from the background and move the softboxes close enough to eliminate harsh shadows on the background.

The rest will be trial and error. Sorry, but due to limited time I can't go into more detail.

Good luck,

Larry

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infamily Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Sep 2009Sun 23-Dec-12 12:43 AM
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#2. "RE: Need help with lighting setup for family portrait"
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Minneapolis, US
          

>The first thing I would do is find some online articles about
>a basic studio portrait setup. In general you'll find many
>studios use the following:
>
>2 strobes with softboxes in front of the subject(s) at 45
>degrees.
>Light ratio between the two strobes is 2:1
>A hairlight on a boom, slightly in back of the subjects,
>shining down to light the hair.
>
>You might want to get a lightmeter and have someone show you
>how to use it to set up your exposure, etc.
>
>In general, you'll want to keep your subject(s) 2-3 feet or
>farther away from the background and move the softboxes close
>enough to eliminate harsh shadows on the background.
>
>The rest will be trial and error. Sorry, but due to limited
>time I can't go into more detail.
>
>Good luck,

Hello,

Thank you so much for the tips, very helpful. Should be fun and a good learning experience.
Wishing you Wonderful Holidays and a Very Happy New year.
Sandeep

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