Flash in the studio

Martin Jung


Studio filters with 1 flash base

So today a blog with an explanation about using 1 flash in the studio, but from the beginning. Before we can start, we first have to look at what we need, eg.

Camera eg SLR or system. As long as there is an M-position on it

• Flash

• tripod for flash with umbrella

• Wallpaper of your choice

• model or another subject

Ok, so we have a subject that we will photograph and a camera to do it with. Let’s start by turning on the camera. Then we set the camera to the M-mode, I now assume that there is a minimum knowledge of the camera, then we set the camera about the shutter speed to the flash sync position. This is often 200 or 250. We set the aperture to F8 as a starting point. We set ISO to 100 and that’s how we handled the exposure triangle.

See the image below.

As a setup for the light, etc., I have a drawing of the setup here:

Of course, you can deviate from that and experiment with it, which is something I wholeheartedly recommend. Now let’s take a picture of the subject. Yes, without flash. I now assume that the room you are in now has a normal amount of ambient light. After taking this photo there will be little or nothing in the photo.

The reason for this is that with the current settings the photo is in fact underexposed and so we need an extra light source. So we’re going to use flash for this. This can be a separate camera flash or a studio flash. In my case, I used a studio flash that is suitable for a small studio like my own. The model is about half a meter from the background and both the flash and myself are about 1.5 to 2 m from the model. The flash is at about 3/4 of the flash’s maximum power. In my studio and with my stuff I have already worked quite a lot and I know my stuff well so from experience I quickly found the right settings for flash. There are 2 ways to know how much power you should give the flash. 1 with a light meter, but that’s another chapter, 2 by trying and adjusting if it’s not right. If the photo is not properly exposed there are a number of things you can change. such as: Shifting the light power Changing the flash Changing the aperture And more…. Feel free to try a few things and you will notice that every change produces a different photo.

And of course, you can see my photo below.

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