Creating natural light look with strobes

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Questions thread
hirejn Regular Member • Posts: 433
Re: Creating natural light look with strobes

First, Photoshop is not a substitute for correct light. Soft boxes are used to simulate window light. Set your camera to the flash white balance, or take a picture of a photographic white card in the same light as you would shoot the scene, and then use that as a reference for correct white balance in post, if you're shooting RAW.

Bouncing a strobe into a large white foam board is an option, but not the same as a soft box. Ideally you'd shoot in manual mode so you have complete control over exposure. Meter for the side nearest the light and let it fall off. This is how window light works. Play with light falloff. Add a white board on the side opposite the light for fill if necessary.

There's no one correct solution. The correct solution is the one that gives you the look you want.

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