Camera Setting for Studio Flash Photography

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Certain camera settings are very important for a studio flash photography environment. Learn about camera settings for studio flash photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to talk to you about your camera settings for studio flash photography. Now there are a large variety of different things that you can do but there are a few things that you should know going into it. Now what I like to do is set my camera to the manual function. What the manual function is going to do is give me the most control that I can possibly have over the image and that's a good thing. From there I like to match the ISO with the camera with the strobe unit itself. If not, you risk varying exposures which is not a good thing. After that you're going to want to adjust your shutter speed. Now what the shutter speed does it's actually going to limit how much ambient light comes in to the camera. It has nothing to do with the strobes. It's going to be, say you have a lamp on in the room and you want some of that lamplight to come in and not be overpowered by the strobes. Now that's going to determine what your shutter speed is at. So go ahead and play around with that and you can see the different results. Now from there you're going to adjust your aperture. Now what the aperture is going to do is basically determine how hard the strobe needs to flash and now what this is going to do it's actually going to change the refresh rate of the strobe. Say the strobe fires and it's at max power, now that's going to take a little bit longer for that strobe to actually recharge before you can take another shot. Now this is something that you're going to want to keep in mind before setting the strength of your strobe and setting your aperture. Now those are just a few different tips on what you can do for studio flash photography. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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