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Tammy E. 

Help with exposure Question

I am still doing practice portraits of people. And I am doing a practice portrait of a bride. I will have the 3 flood lamps 750 total watts, 160 kodak nc 220 film, with a mamiya 645 1000s with cds prism finder with an exposure meter indicator needle visible in the view finder. While I was practicing tonight with it. The only way the meter said I was getting the correct exposure was at 1600asa. And at the smallest f-stop. Could this be correct. Or do I need to try something else. With the film being 160 and the asa being 1600+ would the portraits turn out. Or be over exposed. The last time I took pictures using the same film, I did not mess around with the asa and the meter needle never came up to the middle. And I turned out with no pictures at all. None of them turned out. So what now. Please help.....

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4/8/2005 10:25:11 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Tammy, if you give us a little more info, we might be able to help. When you say "smallest f-stop", do you mean the smallest number, or the smallest aperture (high number)?

Also, what shutter speed are you using?

With the 3 flood lamps, I think you should be able to get a proper exposure without pushing the asa above the rated 160.

Try setting the lens at the lowest f-stop (like f2 or f4) and a slow shutter speed (like 1/30) and see if the needle comes up. If not, the meter might not be working properly.

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4/8/2005 10:49:29 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Tammy - 750 watts total for three lamps is too little for people portraits. You'll need more. And with flood lights, that means plenty of heat. More than most people will want to deal with. Best advice I can give you is to give up right now on flood lights, and invest in some inexpensive strobes with a lot more power.
Michael H. Cothran

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4/10/2005 3:55:07 PM

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