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Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

I have generally been very wary of photographing subjects that can move or more importantly, answer back so my purchase today of a used home studio setup could be described as rash or even irrational!

Anyway, I've decided to 'have a go' at a bit of portraiture. The problem is I have NO idea about using studio flash so am hoping somebody could recommend a good book/guide that deals with the basics of this subject.

I also guess I am going to need a flash meter at some point in the near future so again am looking for advice on a suitable (budget ) starter model. Of course, if anybody has a spare or unwanted one I would be pleased to discuss buying from you.

Many thanks.
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Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

I saw this post not an hour after buying "Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting", from a well known on-line book store, which is a bit spooky.

Looking forward to reading this and learning a whole lot more - covers studio lighting and product photography, but also goes into the "science of light". Can't recommend it myself as yet, but comes with a good following. Can't comment on the amount of portrait work in the book yet

I already have "On-Camera Flash" and "Off-Camera Flash" by Niel van Niekerk - the first in advance of some Wedding photography, and have found them very helpful - these are almost exclusively portrait work. Not very many pages, but quality advice I found.

Let us know what you go for, and even better, show some results!
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Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

I came across this book today in our studio... I've only scanned through it, but I like what I've come across thus far.

"KEVIN KUBOTA'S LIGHTING NOTEBOOK"
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Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

Save yourself some money and check out these links.

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&gs_nf...w=1440&bih=775

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Lightbulb Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

Books are no substitute for experience...

Register with an on line group and ask for someone to work with.

http://tfpmodels.co.uk/

See if there are any group shoots in your area.

Be 100% honest with what you want to do, how, where & when, but most important let them know that you are a complete beginer and go from there.

Look at joining a club and see if they do shoots.

Look on Flickr and see if there is a "Strobist" group in your area.

watching on-line guides and videos is ok as you get to see how other people work. Whatever you do, do not copy the way they interact with people, always be yourself.

Have a look at Lastolite Tutorials. They are product specific, but the techniques are valid.

Be 100% sure how to use the camera in Manual Mode.

You don't need a flash meter as digital is virtually free and you can "dial-in" the exposure. However the Sekonic L-308s is a good basic meter and saves a lot of time (and flashes in the persons eyes)

Start with one flash and a multi mode brolly. Master that, then look at reflectors etc., before getting more lights.

I use a hairdressers block (stuck on a light stand) to develop new lighting setups.

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Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

Wow Graham thanks for that comprehensive list of guidance. I have a friend who has offered to give me some studio instruction, either on a one to one or as part of one of his club studio nights so that should be a big help. I fancy the flash meter for the convenience as you suggested so still on the lookout for one. I don't have a hairdresser's dummy head but I do have a daughter who is going to be doing a lot of practice modelling for me - she just doesn't know it yet!

mlc and s4ean, thank you for the book recommendations. I have had a look on Amazon and will probably end up getting one anway as I like to have a book as a ready reference.

I am also working my way through your list of web links xp1, cheers. There certainly looks to be plenty of sound advice available (it's always good when it's free!). Can't wait to get the gear now to try it all out - may be a while before I take anything worthy of posting though.
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<snip>I do have a daughter who is going to be doing a lot of practice modelling for me - she just doesn't know it yet! <snip>
There is no way you can afford her rates and a flash meter

Please post your first images, we can then see how you improve over the next year...

Put them in the "critique" thread (if you want) and we can comment appropriately.

These are also good sites.

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/photog...g-methods.html

http://www.digital-photography-schoo...otography-tips

By the time you have read through this lot, you will be out taking landscapes

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Re: Advice - Studio Lighting Book + Flash Meter

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There is no way you can afford her rates and a flash meter
I fear you are probably right Graham and she is only 12!

Thanks for the links; No 2 looks really interesting. I'm just starting to work through it now.

Cheers.
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