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Shelly D. Short

Location Shoot

I am currently scheduled to set up at a Mardi Gras Ball to take pictures of the guests. I will be set up similar to a prom shoot. What would be the best lighting situation for this. It will be my first true paying gig, with the knowledge that I am a student photographer. However, I would like to make it as proffesional looking as I possible could. Thanks for the help.

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1/1/2004 7:42:40 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  I guess it can depend on how many lights you have. An if you have umbrellas. Two lights with umbrellas, one to the left, the other to the right with one 1 f-stop more than the other with a good background can be a nice regular easy to do thing. Basically people are going to want pictures of their friends and costumes, so I don't think you have to worry too much about anything dramatic.

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1/1/2004 11:02:44 PM

Shelly D. Short   Thank you for your help. When you are talking about the f-stop, do you mean on a strobe light?

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1/2/2004 5:49:46 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Yeah. Like you have one light and umbrella to the left, about a 45 degree angle, and another to the right, about the same angle or it could be another angle. And make the one to the right a f-stop less to be a fill so you get some shadow on the sides but not as dark as you would with one light.
If you have a flash meter or can borrow one, you can set them up and take a reading to check the right exposure. After that, it's play time. Let the people act as silly as the want to.
One thing I just thought of is if anybody wants to do a real big group, you might want to have the lights evenly spaced, coming at the same angles, and at the same power level, so that you get an even exposure across the whold group.

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1/2/2004 2:28:56 PM

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