setting up flash/camera combination in office

Started Feb 17, 2013 | Questions thread
Luke Kaven Veteran Member • Posts: 5,705
Re: setting up flash/camera combination in office

Shirvington wrote:


I have a question regarding basic lighting in my office. I am a physician and take photos of patients for documentation and web posting. I currently have consumer sony camera with built in flash which I have to modify (color) on photoshop if I wish to post. I would like to have a better set up without tons of equipment and to keep it simple as I am only an ameteur and don't want to constantly modify my coloring. I have a room measuring about 9-10 feet in depth with k6500 (natural sunlight) flourescent overhead lighting. I was originally going to set up two umbrella flash units synced with my camera but was told this would not work well as the camera is unable to regulate the external flash variations. so it was suggested that I get a different camera (Nikon P7700) with a hot-shoe with a slave and two remote flashes that are synced; the other option being the use of continuous lilghting. This all started when I went to order the einchrom d-lite system. I would appreciate any thoughts. thanks

If you are perhaps a dermatologist, then I can see that accuracy is important within a reasonable threshold.

1) Camera.  Nikon D3200.  Alternate Sony NEX or Sony SLT.  Nikon D90 good, but now discontinued.

Sony sensors of the Exmor variety used in all of these cameras have superior skin tone rendition with ultra low noise.

2) Lens.  Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro for the Nikon.  Clean, no distortion, and works very close-up when needed.

3) Lights.  Stay away from florescent lights, even the D6500 kind.  There are still discontinuities in the spectrum.  Go with black body radiators: tungsten or strobe.  A pair of SB700s should work well and the camera can negotiate the exposure with them perfectly well.  Elinchroms even better and can be powered from mains, but do not communicate exposure information to the camera.  Extinguish the overheads to avoid pollution.

4) Color balance.  Get an X-rite passport or a QPcard as a color reference.  You may only need to use it once in a while to set a baseline and periodically double-check.  But $20 for a QPcard is a small price for insurance.

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