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Kathy Zinn

Using Studio Lighting w/Digital Camera

I have read many questions & answers on this subject and the Digital Studio Techniques article on the Better Photo site, but maybe I've missed one or two which pertain to myself. I am using two strobes with umbrellas (300 watt each) with my Minolta 7hi and a PC sync connection, and sometimes backlighting. My problem is over exposure. I usually set one strobe to full and the other at half and about 10 to 15' from the subject; I sometimes use a reflector. All strobes fire. I wouldn't think 300 watts each is strong enough to make my images almost totally white from over exposure. I have experimented with my cameras settings but obviously have not come across the right one yet. I will soon be taking classes, but in the meantime I'm still teaching myself. Your comments are appreciated.

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11/25/2003 2:08:27 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  This a digital camera you're using? Since you don't say anything about how they look at certain f-stops, all I can say for now is that you must be using it about 3-4 stops too wide open if you're getting totally white images.
How do things look with backlighting versus no backlighting? Maybe that could be too high and causing too much glare. Backlighting for something like a hair highlight dosen't need to be more than about 1&1/2 stops higher than the exposure for the main exposure.
Turn down the power, back up the lights, or use a smaller aperature. That's all I can think of for now.

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11/26/2003 3:45:56 AM

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