New to flash and studio lighting

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RevolvingSheep Junior Member • Posts: 43
New to flash and studio lighting

I own a Nikon D90, a 35mm f1.8, a 85mm f1.8G... and today I bought a SB700 flash and a lighting kit with 2 lights - 70 watt florescent bulbs.

Where is the best place to learn how to use this gear? Is there a good web page for this, or an all around good book on the subject? If I need to look at flash photography and studio lighting separately, I am fine with that.

I will be shooting portraits... but I like to shoot in many styles and settings.

Thanks.

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Sailor Blue
Sailor Blue Veteran Member • Posts: 9,613
Re: New to flash and studio lighting

My first suggestion is that you return the lighting kit for credit toward a studio strobe lighting kit if you want to do portraiture. Continuous lighting is fine for non-animate subjects but the long shutter speed required make shooting animate objects without getting images that aren't blurred problematic.

Read my article on equipment for a small home studio for information on what I recommend.

http://photocamel.com/forum/lighting-technique/156228-equipment-guide-setting-up-small-home-portrait-glamor-studio.html

As far as books for flash go, you can't find anything better than Syl Arena's book, "Speedliter's Handbook". It is written for the Canon Speedlite user but 98% of what is in the book is applicable to any hot-shoe flash.

http://www.amazon.com/Speedliters-Handbook-Learning-Craft-Speedlites/dp/032171105X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325480043&sr=8-1

For general information about digital photography and portraiture check the following links.

http://www.ttl-biz.com/links

http://www.lumitouch.com/benstudiotutorial/index.html

http://prophotoresource.com/home/item/652-how-to-handle-hands.html

http://www.professionalphotography101.com/portrait_lighting/lighting_names.html

http://ddata.over-blog.com/3/31/09/97/trucs-et-astuces/pg1.pdf

http://www.vci.net/~mmorgan/pg2.pdf

I also suggest you join the PhotoCamel forum. It is a very friendly forum and you will find many specialty forums with many active participants, including a number of professional photographers, who are willing to help.

http://photocamel.com/forum/

Here are some links to useful tutorials found on PhotoCamel.

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/35976-high-key-imaging.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/lighting-technique/109737-make-up-your-female-subjects.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/14991-photographing-big-beautiful-teen.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/100098-facial-analysis-fine-portraiture-corrective-techniques.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/portraits-people/121488-fabulous-fill-light-article.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/photography-talk/65933-critiques-how-give-take-important.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/142441-how-judge-your-own-photographs-article.html

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AdrianGray Regular Member • Posts: 119
Re: New to flash and studio lighting

To learn how to use your flash, check out strobist.blogspot.com and (possibly NSFW due to glamor photography) smokingstrobes.com

Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,438
Yep! Lose the continuous...
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Studio strobes with model lights works for me, but you can go the strobist way too.
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Less is more

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Bob Stothfang Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: New to flash and studio lighting

+1 For the Strobist blog
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Quantum Help Senior Member • Posts: 1,666
Wow

A lot of camel-ization there Sailor. Hope Ed doesn't get a hold of him.

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Kali108 Regular Member • Posts: 347
Re: New to flash and studio lighting

strobist.com and kelbytraining.com

Joe McNally classes at kelby training are excellent.

RevolvingSheep wrote:

I own a Nikon D90, a 35mm f1.8, a 85mm f1.8G... and today I bought a SB700 flash and a lighting kit with 2 lights - 70 watt florescent bulbs.

Where is the best place to learn how to use this gear? Is there a good web page for this, or an all around good book on the subject? If I need to look at flash photography and studio lighting separately, I am fine with that.

I will be shooting portraits... but I like to shoot in many styles and settings.

Thanks.

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