For are first time in the studio we were given this checklist to follow, allowing us to learn how to use the studio equipment properly.
|IN THE STUDIO:
Set up the backdrop first. Wind off enough Colorama before raising the backdrop on the stand and remember to clip the remainder to stop the roll unrolling further.
|When you set up your stands for the backdrop and lights make sure the horizontal struts in the base tripod are at around 90 degrees to the central column of the stand.|
|Make sure that you put the heads on the stands the right way: VERTICALLY, with the tube on the light’s bracket completely mounted on the brass fitting at the top of the stand. DO NOT put the brass fitting through the horizontal holes drilled into the tube.|
|Always raise the stand by the lowest section on the stand for extra stability.|
|Make sure that your leads from the light are not causing a hazard or obstruction.|
|NEVER turn the light on before removing the plastic cover.|
|ALWAYS put a soft box on the light after removing the cover.|
|On the back of the light make sure that the ready button is on. Make sure that the beep is on or off (if you want the beep to tell you that your lights have recharged after firing). Make sure the cell button is on if you are not going to plug your camera lead into another light.|
|On the back of the light click the lamp button until the red light on the side is on for rel this means that the strength of the modelling light is the same as the strength of the flash setting.|
|Set the flash strength using the dials on the side.|
|Make sure that your light meter has the correct ISO (100) and correct shutter speed (125) for your cameras. You can change the ISO by scrolling with the horizontal arrows to the ISO icon.On the new light meters you change the ISO by using the ISO1 button and scrolling with the wheel|
|Make sure that your light meter is on the correct programme – the lightening flash symbol– by scrolling through the different options with the horizontal arrows.On the new light meter you select the mode by using the mode button and scrolling with the wheel to the lightening+ c symbol (not the solo lightening symbol)|
|Always take a light reading when you move the lighting set up|
|Make sure that your fill light is weaker than your key light to create a modelling effect.|
|Raise lights up and the dip the heads down to cast shadows on the floor not the back wall.|
|Always make sure that your lights have cooled down before taking them apart and putting the plastic covers back on|
|For the portable lights: Remember that the modelling light will not work when the light is plugged into the battery pack.|
|Make sure that you have connected the two halves of the battery pack together. If you are only using one light remember to plug in the safety plug on the battery pack or the unit will not work.|
|Start with an ambient light reading and then fit your lights to that light reading. Remember that your shutter speed must be 125th or less. Adjust the lights and your aperture until you get the effect you want.|
After successfully setting up the equipment in the studio we played around with different light settings and took various photos using each other as models.
As well as using the studio we also learnt how to use the studio lighting outdoors, which was slightly more difficult as you have to account for the ambient light in your surroundings.