Share your lighting setups.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by acearchie, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Does anyone have any lighting diagrams they could share?

    I have hired out some strobes from my Uni to play around with and apart from using common sense don't really have a solid point where to start.

    I will probably have some lighting diagrams to share in a weeks time when I have done my shooting but in the meantime I wondered whether anyone had any to share that I might be able to emulate?

    Lighting diagrams can be created using the Online Lighting Diagram Creator.

  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    It all depends on what you are shooting. Its shape, its texture, its reflectivity.

    I recently found a very old lighting manual booklet - and by old I mean from the 1940s - that appears to be full of very good advice. Despite being written before strobes. Certainly it is better than some of the classes I took.

    Most of what I know, I taught myself and therefore is mostly done by eye and by the seat of my pants.

    But it really is entirely dependent on what you are shooting, and then what kind of an effect you want.
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    Do a user search on FrankieTDouglas and see if you can contact him. He does a lot of studio and lighting work in a creative vain.

  4. steveash macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2008
    Don't get me started on lighting!

    The best way to learn is to experiment, ideally tethered to a computer so you can see your progress. I would start off with one light without a modifier. Move the light around, then try adding different modifiers, gels etc, add a reflector, add a second and third light... You also either want a hugely patient subject or a dummy to give you some consistency.

    There are many standard set ups but they won't teach you more than you can see in a book: you see the set up and you see the results but without personally experimenting you don't see why it works well only that it does.

    Lighting diagrams are OK as starting points but they are 2D representations of a multi-dimensional situation so not all that useful.
  5. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Thanks, will bare that in mind when I have a go. Funnily enough I have a set of old lighting books as well that I have since had a look at and I have to say they are much better than some of the newer books you can buy.

    Thanks for the tip. Checked out his site which has already given me some ideas.

    Bought a 2m USB cable just for this purpose so I can shoot tethered although I might have to get a 10m one too as I feel like I'll be walking around a bit trying to "find" the light.
  6. ocabj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2009

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