Typical shutter speeds for portraits in a studio?

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Ken60 Senior Member • Posts: 3,104
Re: Typical shutter speeds for portraits in a studio?

And now my chance to disagree with Klaus.   A flash meter is very useful and often forgotten bit of kit. Not only does it offer a very good idea of the flash exposure , often to within a 1/3 of a stop  ( my Minoltas offered 1/10 of a stop )  but more importantly the power of all the other lamps used in the set, so that you know the contrast range you are achieving.    Many meters can also measure daylight relative to the flash, so in a studio with very bright window light you can ensure no double images from using too low a shutter and catching the ambient.

As for expensive, you can pick up a used Sekonic L358 for £150 .

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Gear ... what I need to get the job done , after all you don't see mechanics listing their brand of spanner as a qualification .

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