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Setting the correct camera settings using the triad concept & Studio lighting

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#1 charita



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:43 PM

Hello Vince, I am having trouble understanding how to properly set my camera in the manual mode using the correct Iso, shutter speed, and aperture.  I understand the ISO.  However, I am not comfortable with setting the shutter speed and aperture correctly.  I have a D3100 Nikon camera.  I most recently shot some clients in a church using my studio lighting system.  To be on the save side I put my camera on auto mode.  I was not pleased with the pictures. I got a lot of shadows.  I have my own studio set up at home and the lighting is good and pictures come out great, but when I moved my equipment to the church and set-up nothing went right.


I do not know if it is me or the lighting system I have or both.  I have a 3 soft lighting set-up using 3 umbrellas and 45 watt fluorescent bulbs.  I am not sure I like this lighting system after seeing yours.  I want to try the monolight Studio Flash/Strobes system from CowboyStudion 330 Watt Three light kit or should i just be patient and learn how to work with what I have first. 


I need instruction and advice on what settings to set my camera for portraits and how to properly use my lighting system to aviod shadows.  I have already tried the portrait setting on my camera and that is the mode I am getting shadows with along with my lights.  Please help me!  Thanks! Charita Chandler

#2 Matonanjin



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:47 PM

So do I understand you correctly?  You don't understand the most basic concept of photography, exposure, the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture.  And you're shooting clients?

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#3 JaysonInDaytona



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:24 PM

May I suggest a light meter ( hand held ) http://www.sekonic.c...s/overview.aspx

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