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31st July 2008, 08:10 AM
I am looking to Improve my High-Key Photos (White Background type) I have just purchased 2 180w Soft box flash systems, a 3X6 White muslin backdrop,

but I am having problems getting the lighing right, I either have the Subject nicely exposed but the backdrop appears darker, or visa-versa,

I have 2 other lights available that I could use but im sure It can be done with just 2,

any advice would be great


31st July 2008, 09:53 AM

I usually use more than two lights but it is possible

I have the back light set 1 to 1.5stops above the front light and then meter for the subject. I guess the problem with 1 light on the background is getting the whole area evenly illuminated.



31st July 2008, 11:13 AM
Hi V - how's ya doing...

Here's a diagram I put together a few months back that might help you here. See what you think...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/LightingSetup.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1923)

B.P.S Studios
31st July 2008, 11:57 AM
The key (excuse the pun) to good shots on a white backround is a 2 stop difference between your backround lighting and your camera. Eg; f8 for the backround f11 for your camera. Expose for the backround first using a light meter. Switch off all lights then set you main light to f8 with your light meter.

Note f8 for your backround is a total reading, that is to say that if your are using 2 heads to light your backround each one should be around f3.5 - f4

Hope this helps!

B.P.S Studios
31st July 2008, 12:00 PM

31st July 2008, 12:02 PM
Lovely shot Ian...

B.P.S Studios
31st July 2008, 12:08 PM
Thanks John

31st July 2008, 05:28 PM
Thanks for the help gents, I will give it a go over the weekend,