Studio & Light Tutorials

So you're new to photography.  You really want to get in the studio, but it's scary right?  There's a lot of things experienced photographers take for granted, and understanding how to set up some basic lighting and how said lights interact with one another has to be up there.  It's pretty intimidating to new photographers using gear you don't quite understand, while in a new environment, and with someone experienced knocking about whom you fear may be judging you.  Don't worry however, I expect new photographers not to be versed, I remember it well, in fact I'd be more worried that I came off condescending while giving advice if you seemed pensive.

So during lock down, and to stay vaguely productive while beating off boredom, I put together these (dodgy) bite size snippets of information to get you more comfortable with the gear and location without ever having to step foot in it.  These are narrated by local photographer Alex Bytheway (because I didn't wanna), and they cover all of our current strobes, and a few ways of setting them up to get great a few more advanced tips and tricks.  Nothing will beat continuing to read, watch, learn, shoot, then reread and so on, as that will hone your most import skill, your eye! Your eye will ultimately be responsible for how you enjoy using light, it'll help shape your style, but mostly these will get your eye looking in the right direction of correct exposures and recognising them often, as the eyes can also deceive!  Once you have that mostly (everyone should keep learning and adjusting) in the bag, you can enjoy the crazy world of portraiture and produce awesomely professional images.

The one piece of advice i'll give you in advance, is that, prosumer studio strobes (the majority that aren't too fancy) can't use a higher shutter speed than 200, 160 possibly, maybe even 125 to be safe!  If you're getting a black half of an image, or a black boarder above and below.. that is why.  That is your camera's shutter curtain.  This catches everyone out when they first start shooting... it's probably covered in the videos... I can't remember now!?

Getting started with strobe lighting

Lighting Patterns

Using Multiple Studio Lights

Light Modifiers

Tips, Tricks & Myths