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4 Studio Glamour Lighting Setups Mini-Tutorial | Nino Batista

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Sharing an older video here, but still relevant! Check out these studio lighting setups I consider my "go to" styles, and the basis for a lot of what I do in a studio situation. (Note that the retouching portion of this tutorial is another video altogether - stay tuned for that on this channel if you have not seen it yet.) Wanna see the Outdoor Glamour Tutorial as well from the same year? Check it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPv72WRJOYk $49 for all my premium tutorials from 2016 and 2017? Yep, it's true! Click here: https://www.photowhoa.com/deals/photo-retouching-tutorials/?ap_id=cbcf87bd NBP Plugins for Photoshop: http://www.ninobatista.com/plugins Need the free Photoshop Actions used in one of my tutorials? Go here: http://www.ninobatista.com/actions (donations appreciated but not required!) Wanna save 20% when you buy Capture One Pro? Tell the fine folks at Digital Transitions that Nino sent ya (or use the promo code NINOBATISTA20): http://www.digitaltransitions.com/ninobatista Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.ninobatista.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ninobatistaphoto YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ninobatista Weekly Retouch Tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/ninobatistatutorials Nino Batista Podcast: http://podcast.bkyd.tv CreativeLive: https://www.creativelive.com/instructor/nino-batista Senior Writer: Fstoppers.com
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markstanley2001 (7 months ago)
Most accurate and well describe lighting tutorial I have seen on YouTube. very well done 👍👍
Nino Batista (7 months ago)
markstanley2001 thanks tons!
Batuel Hernandez (13 days ago)
Sin palabras
Teddy Gustave (14 days ago)
Bro almost slipped up and said “I know you’re freaky” lmao 😭😭😭
Esteban Diaz (15 days ago)
Hola me gustaría en español o con subtítulos OK
karlos regazzoni (18 days ago)
wich lens u using ?
Nino Batista (18 days ago)
karlos regazzoni Canon 85 1.8, Canon 70-200 2.8L on these sets.
Luis Duque (21 days ago)
Open hole anal please
dendorovium (21 days ago)
ハゲてるからエロイな
Simply Balling (24 days ago)
Thanks for the informative video
Bob Tan (24 days ago)
good idea nino b. ty
Kelly Myers (24 days ago)
I went into this video with little to no expectation but I found it was quite good. Studio lighting is one of my favorite topics and I think you did a great job!
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
Thank you. It's an older video, and new, better ones are coming from my team and I in 2019. But I appreciate the kind words!
Nothing to see 😒
Nino Batista (25 days ago)
Maycolt Ramirez Saldana oh man the video isn’t loading? Get me YouTube on the phone ASAP!
John Smith (25 days ago)
she seems to have very shiny nose in all of the shots
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
John Smith Man I am so glad you mentioned that
Artur Pobedonosec (25 days ago)
so cool
MsPlymouthkid (26 days ago)
I swear I came here to watch the lightning setups
Jürgen Kaßnitz (27 days ago)
Why are you talking so fast without any need ?
Jürgen Kaßnitz (27 days ago)
+Nino Batista I`ve just asked a simple question, nothing else
Nino Batista (27 days ago)
Why are you here on this video just to criticize the genre, model, and me without any need? Surely there are more Depeche Mode videos to occupy your time with.
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
Very nice tutorial. I have been shooting full-length portraiture and fashion for a while as a hobby and working with amateurs where I had to give posing instructions was always the hardest part when starting out. I had a high-end dress store at the time, in the film days so to learn lighting I set up full body mannequins so I could play with lighting and modifiers with no time limits until I was comfortable creating lighting schemes on the fly based on conditions, space, ambient etc before working with live models. It was important I believe, to try all the bad options and see then as such to really learn how to improvise. Starting with live amateur models, however, proved much harder so I eventually hired a skilled pro and told her even before hiring her that I was an amateur and would ask her to show me how to work with a model. She was very helpful, I learned more about their craft and how to communicate. I suggest even amateur fashion, glamour or commercial photographers should invest in a few very skilled models after they master creative lighting because you will learn more from a skilled model in less time, before working with amateurs. One of the things learned is flow and pace, be decisive have a vision but be flexible with different looks become available. Learn to communicate with your models because it is a partnership in the creative process and don't be fiddling with lighting and setups, it kills the mood and pace....be very familiar with all the lighting and equipment so your experiments are based on being very familiar with the range of application of the hardware before the session. Have a plan, and articulate the vision to the model and assistant, MUA etc so everyone is on the same page and be open to their ideas. Starting with pros for makeup and models will teach you so much that is transferable to anything you do later and with amateurs. Even just two sessions with a pro model who has agreed from the start to help you learn how to work with models will be move available than going to a school. I was lucky in finding my first pro model, she made the session flow, she knew enough photography to understand which lens created which point of view and offered a steady stream of "looks" from the camera's point of view, flowing from one pose to the next with a balanced still wait, before gliding into the next. She was always aware of how it looked to the camera. With amateurs, that is the job of the photographer, to communicate those details and be quick since an amateur will not be able to hold a pose unless very simple. Don't pick models by looks, but by skill. A pretty amateur will be harder to get the intended shots than a talented pro with less objective beauty. Hire a good makeup artist who is used to working photographic sessions. They know what Xeon light does to street cosmetics, it is different most photographers seem to realize. Use those pros to build your book so you can attract others of similar skills. AFTER these learning sessions you would be more likely to be able to effectively get the desired images with less skilled or beginning models. Don't copy lighting setups from tutorials, every set up is a response to the conditions at hand and intent, so use the tutorials as a concept plan, but adapt it on the fly to the space, ambient, lights, color casts, modifiers and model, because none of these elements will be the same in your real session as the tutorial. Look at good photos and visualize where the light is coming from, its relative source size/distance, and color, any shadow directions, any highlights,any apparent ratios to get used to visualizing what an image with look like with any setups and power ratios you have....take a shot and note why it is different than expected. That is when you learn the most about light.....the difference between what you expected and what you get. After a while, it will become more predictable so results closely resemble the intent. I am sure it took Nino a lot of fine tuning of visualization-to-results practice before it became second nature ad it will require a lot of fine tuning on your part also. Good photographers make is look so easy, but it is rare for anyone to have such a close connection between intent and results without a LOT of practice and fine tuning of their craft.
Ravencroft (1 month ago)
When the clouds rolled in you increased ISO instead of adjusting shutterspeed on a stationary model laying on a coach. Would it be wrong to adjust shutterspeed in this case?
Ravencroft (1 month ago)
+Nino Batista thnx. great vid. I subscribed. :)
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Totally not a problem to adjust shutter speed to accommodate. In this case, I didn't trust myself with a slower shutter, so a little bit of ISO was what I chose to increase light sensitivity. If it were a MAJOR change in light, I would have likely found some other solution and not, for example, quadrupled the ISO or something like that.
Panos B (1 month ago)
man,,,,,,came here for the girl.....stayed here for the girl....heard absolutely nothing about lighting setups!
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
Panos B I would not have wanted you to be disappointed
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
Did you watch the video? Nino described not only what the lighting was but why.
Kam Veakrakmann (1 month ago)
Would love to see a tutorial on lighting groups.
Imkkpnk Zta (1 month ago)
What did He say!!!! bbuuiiiii
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
Imkkpnk Zta totally
roy Yung (1 month ago)
Ugg all the twisting with a non square format. Shooting square is thr only way to go! I shot for years with a Hasselblad, what a joy! Rectangle blows
roy Yung (24 days ago)
+Nino Batista rectangle is a Horrible format. ANYONE who ever shot square will tell you. I shot with all high end cameras (Hasselblad, Bronica, Mamaya, etc) and I LOVE the square format. The lens image is round, not rectangle, the closest thing we can come to that is square, not rectangle. Imagine, not contorted body movements, no special flash brackets, etc. Just compose and shoot! Its so much faster than rectangular. Most amateurs have no idea of what they are missing, but the real pros do.
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
roy Yung honestly I don’t even know why I waste my time with the rectangle. My mother warned me about it and yet I didn’t listen
CMH (1 month ago)
je ne savais pas grand-chose ... je n'ai rien appris.
Iunderstan Photography (1 month ago)
Great Video. I think the second set up on the couch might help me with a problem I've had. I can never get my photos composed correctly when a model is laying down or reclining; it seems like things are cut off in a weird place (yes I know you don't cut a model at the joints) your straight on shot with the crop mid-thigh and then angle shot is exactly what I'm missing. I'll try it next chance I get. Thank you Nino
mfpix (1 month ago)
Nicely explained.  Thank you
Leonardo Bautista (1 month ago)
Her name?
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
Leonardo Bautista Melinda Pandemo Claridon Wentzler
Tuomas.M (1 month ago)
Thanks for sharing! This is great content, very clear explanation and a lot of info.
zondaintheair (1 month ago)
I like how you do those sudden jerky movements to get a better angle to show how professional you are.
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
zondaintheair it’s actually a neurological condition I’ve had since birth but I super appreciate it.
Sasha Hammond (1 month ago)
How do you get a sharp image like that with 1/100 shutter speed?
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
Most of the exposure is due to the strobes, and very little from the ambient so the speed of capture is the strobe flash duration which is 1/2000-1/20,000 of a second that can freeze a speeding bullet. A slower shutter speed is used to add more ambient light.In fact it it is possible to use very slow shutter speeds to add more ambient if you set the camera to trigger the strobe at the Rear Curtain so the subject is exposed to the desired level by the strobe. I often shoot in restaurants or grand buildings at 1/10th to expose the ambient 2 or so stops underexposed but trigger the flash to freeze the subject balancing ambient light of the room, hall, theater with the subject being exposed a couple stops brighter at the end of the slow shutter opening. Look up "Dragging the Shutter" and "Rear Curtain". In dark nightclubs, I will go down to 1/5 sec so getting the full room in the background a couple stops down before the flash triggers that freezes the subject in the foreground which is share, detailed and fully exposed. If using TTL metering, you can control ambient background solely by increasing or decreasing the shutter speed while the subject is exposed by the flash. Some camera/flash combos have a balanced flash mode, Nikon, for example, has independent metering by the flash on the focus point spot metering, plus camera metering for whole scene on Matrix mode. Shooting full manual exposure becomes a snap, meter on the whole scene and adjust the shutter for the ratio you want between background and subject exposure.I usually adjust to -2 stops down if in a restaurant, and when taking the shot, in Rear Curtain, the background metering done by the camera is exposed with ambient light but then the flash, which independently metered spot on the subject, fills the negative 2 stops so the subject is perfectly exposed 2 stops over ambient, where ambient retains all the natural saturated colors of a long exposure. In the case of Nino's session, he was controlling the ratio of natural ambient to strobe by the shutter speed but the subject was fulled exposed by the strobes. If you get used to how metering and strobes interact, it is intuitive to make these adjustments on the fly.
andre muzell (1 month ago)
Nome de brasileiro!!! Batista é nacional rs
Arjun Janakiram (1 month ago)
Good Stuff. Thanks
ekim andersom (1 month ago)
Pics might be nice, fake tits are not!
Small Dreamer (1 month ago)
Like si viste este video por las Nenas modelos ,, ahhaahha
Shaun Gibbs (1 month ago)
Superb.
Gary The Gringo (1 month ago)
I am quit sure you could shoot that model with a Polaroid and she would look amazing. But seriously thank you! I have learned so much from this video!
Nate Tucker (1 month ago)
Hey, I'm a photographer noob. Can you explain why you don't push your lens to its max? I have a canon 50mm 1.8, and I often shoot at 1.8, but sounds like I should close it a little... Any tips would be great!
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
You are probably used to getting subject isolation and separation by wide aperture outside the studio, in the park or in cafe and that works really well but in the studio-wide apertures are not desired because you have the option of subject isolation by controlling the background, the highlight rim light, kickers etc so sharp images with great detail is the goal with. Stopping down the lens has a lot of advantages in the studio...allows more of the scene in sharp focus. the lens almost always performs better at f/4-f/10 than at f/1.8, and the lower light sensitivity of the camera shooting low ISO and narrower aperture means more control of light fall off. I love taking shots in a park or restaurant using f/1.4 or 1.2 with full frame 85 or 105 for that creamy dreamy background for a head shot but the control, detail, and sharpness available in the studio is another whole category of options. The color saturation, detail sharpness and contrast are all better with your lens when stopped down, and not having to accept the background or scene you are given when shooting outside of the studio makes your result limited only by your creativity with lighting and posing. They are like two different art forms, each with advantages and creative options. Once you get used to working in the studio is with more complex light setups in the field, you will see why it is such a desirable skill to develop. My street photos of my friends are usually at f/1.4 and in the studio f/8.
Chico916 (1 month ago)
Nino Batista I just bought cannon 85 f1.8 & a neewer 4 light backdrop kit from amazon... going to attempt to take portraits of my family at thanksgiving. Any advice would be great...
Nate Tucker (1 month ago)
+Nino Batista Awesome!! Thank you so much for the thorough response! I'll start messing around with not pushing it to the max!
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Nate Tucker pushing any lens to its max aperture potentially means sacrificing sharpness — or how often you get a sharp shot. While I hate preaching “better gear” at people, generally a cost-effective prime lens doesn’t do exceptionally well at its max aperture. The Canon 85 1.8 is phenomenal at f/2.5 and tighter, for example, in my experience. But gets questionable wider than that. At least in how consistently sharp it is. A Zeiss Batis 85 1.8, in contrast, I would trust wide open far, far more confidently. But it also costs 4x the Canon. That said, if shooting super wide open isn’t your thing, spend less money on decent but affordable primes. If super wide open is your jam, get ready to spend money.
Hedshotz (1 month ago)
Stumbled on this while having my breakfast, my breakfast got cold. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Hedshotz thanks tons!
Hardrock (1 month ago)
Beautiful model. Two things that I would have a tendency to change. I did not like the look of the floor. Even if I am not including that in my shots, I like an attractive floor that I could include it in an image if I so desired. I would have the model's shoes match her wardrobe. For me it helps complete the look, they need to stand out, adding a balance to the image. I feel it adds a sense of strength to the image helping to outline the model. Good video, very complimentary lighting style.
maviarab (1 month ago)
Shoes were not required at all for the shoot. Their only purpose was to stretch the muscle and define the leg.
Jamie L. (1 month ago)
I like the mixed light set up . Seems to be the least complicated setup if you actually have a big  window available and a couch .  All you need is a large umbrella and the right strobe
Jaxxon Balboa (1 month ago)
THIS WORKS THAT DOESN'T WORK.....SAYS WHO?....ITS ALL SUBJECTIVE!
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
It did not work for the intended results in the current conditions. There is no absolute fidelity required but most sessions have a specific goal and a lot of variables. When something "does not work", it is an expression related to the session at hand, with the conditions and intent of the image. Another set of conditions and intent what did not work before might be perfect. My field was recording for decades back in the days when independent studios created all the material for the record industry, and it was common to hear that term "it does not work" when a musical phrasing or tone or effect is tried and everyone knew it meant, for this song, for the intent, and this artist, just did not fit, but realizing that it might be perfect for other songs and sessions. Going into either a recording studio or photo studio without a vision and goal in mind is usually a total waste of time. There are too many variables and people involved to be completely spontaneous and unplanned.
Jaxxon Balboa (1 month ago)
+Logan Cressler thanks for your acute observation and stunning interpretation.
Logan Cressler (1 month ago)
Did you watch the video? What do you mean says who? He said so. Thats who.
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
So true. That's the greatest part about artistic pursuits.
Golden Beach (1 month ago)
👋👍🌹🎥
Erastus Uso (1 month ago)
Best actual photography tut vid in a while.. I like that you explain reason why you do what approaches you take
1945CCCP (1 month ago)
Large room, nice model, great and expensive equipment are very attractive for the audience... But, can you teach and (more important) get stunning photos using a tiny dormitory room, a flower as a model, window as a source, and 100 bucks camera ? If you can, you are the photographer.
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
The principles are precisely the same. OK, sure the model helps but for image capture, a $100 camera, as long as it had full manual exposure mode, with some quality natural light and maybe a $50 Yongnuo flash or reflector could produce gallery wall quality images. ALL DSLR's of the last 10 years are fully capable of high-quality images. After all, it has always been all about light, shadows, and perspective. My most requested print was done with a D90 Nikon and $50 lens. Getting a large collection of fast lenses and D850 never changed the image quality from an artistic perspective but having the higher performance gear only adds flexibility. Good lighting is not expensive, if one is creative, most of it can be homemade. A $5 homemade scrim for soft shade in bright sun it more effective than a $3000 strobe. Homemade flats, gobos, snoots, reflectors and a few $50 flashes can be a very powerful set of tools. Photography can be very cheap if one is creative and has a vision of what they want. There is too much emphasis on cameras, high ISO and DR and not enough on images. I have friends who upgrade to every new model of full frame camera yet expect the camera to do the work when they would have been far ahead by sticking with their entry-level camera and concentrated on photos instead of gear. Go to art galleries more and camera websites or stores less. Enroll in an art appreciation class at the local community college. Whatever camera you have right now is enough and exceeds the DR and res of any display medium unless pixel peeping( a very destructive, useless habit newbies get into. Photos or paintings have a viewing distance and scale where the image makes sense, and zooming in ads nothing but anxiety. Larger images need to be seen further back, so the entire image is taken in without scanning the eyes back and forth. Any closer than the artist composed it for misses the content. That intended viewing distance is the only scope and scale that the entire message is conveyed whether painting, prints, sculptures or architecture. A 12mpx sensor is enough for fine art images unless someone pixel peeps but those who do are not interested in the message anyway so don't shoot or print with them in mind. The obsession with sharpness at 100% zoom is the dumbest bad habit in photography today.
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
1945CCCP i totally could. Because that would be a beautiful and inspirational challenge to work with such simplicity. The $100 camera though would mean a used camera and if so that would be perfect.
kevinr ruiters (1 month ago)
I confess, I clicked here to see the model....judging from the thumbnail....!
Well Muel (1 month ago)
nice to know u studio setup.but OMG u model is god dam fuck so beautiful.xD
Excelete explicación, como siempre se aprende con estos videos.
MrAlandrez (1 month ago)
great lighting setups, fab inside info, can't afford all that, but that one big soft light was great. thank you
Shah Faisal (1 month ago)
Like your ways of photography. Specially your Models are <3 <3 <3
George Snow (1 month ago)
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José Paulo Reis (1 month ago)
Fabulous work Nino ;) Thanks for sharing your knowledge ;)
Joey Lozano (1 month ago)
Thx man! Great video
riviera ltd (1 month ago)
Average! and it's not gondra it's genres!
Logan Cressler (1 month ago)
+Nino Batista Actually, you were pretty close. John-Rah is how it is pronounced.
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Thanks tons!
Marcelo Perez Lopez (1 month ago)
The pictures looks like 1987...ddd
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Marcelo Perez Lopez I mean I could ramp up the ISO and add loads of teal into the highlights to make them all “Instagram 2018” ready? Also remember the shots are unedited — no retouch and no color work. Gonna look off.
Maria Novira (1 month ago)
I dont care the tutorial l want thise sexy body, l want to touch those boobs sexy also l want to have fun with that sexy girl like sex and lets make babies
unguidedone (3 months ago)
exposed brick / does not have plaster wall of windows apple computer you need better computers (not apple) and better hardware
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
unguidedone THATS what I’ve been messing up? Oh mannnnnnn. Welp you may hear a loud bang — that’s my iMac being thrown in the trash can.
Marion BumperTwoBumper (3 months ago)
Hey Nino, Bill Tomerlin here. I wanted to see what you thought of a basic umbrella that I was looking at. I am thinking of this one in reference the the large umbrella you mention in the first setup of this video. What do you think? https://www.adorama.com/glu72s.html
H A P P Y 22 (3 months ago)
WOW THIS TUTORIAL IS LIKE MERMAID FISH PHOTOGRAPH
H A P P Y 22 (24 days ago)
+Nino Batista Really So Good Job !
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
H A P P Y 22 I know right?
Mark DiNatale (3 months ago)
Great video, love your energy.
Nino Batista (3 months ago)
Mark DiNatale thanks so much!
Paul Navas (3 months ago)
Very Nice Nino, great info...
WILL revellet (4 months ago)
Like ! .
Griffin Armament (5 months ago)
Talented. Loved the video
Joshua Enriquez (6 months ago)
How are you tethered, but still viewing photos on your camera's LCD?
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
Joshua Enriquez magic?
Alyssa Pascual (7 months ago)
I'm liking his zeal for photography
koona78 (7 months ago)
Great presentation!!! Just starting out in my studio!!!!
ad (7 months ago)
luv this guys he talks like hes had 3 shots of espresso :)
Nino Batista (7 months ago)
ad I don’t really like coffee tho! ☺️
Yassine Bend (7 months ago)
Dude relax
Nino Batista (7 months ago)
Yassine Bend nahhhhh that’s boring.
Jhon Muriel (7 months ago)
SUPERB TUTORIAL!
Nino Iannacchione (7 months ago)
Great name!!
Charles Waites (10 days ago)
Nino Iannacchione h
Nino Batista (7 months ago)
haha back at you!
David Os (7 months ago)
Thank you, you really helped!
knot head (7 months ago)
good stuff! SUBBED
Alan Lau (7 months ago)
Good job
Van Gelis (8 months ago)
very educational!
The Two Perspectives (8 months ago)
Good job mate
Paulo Contente (8 months ago)
I am an amateur photographer and probably will never be shooting in a studio, but I must say this was one of the best videos on lighting I have seen.
Yuri Cherkasov (1 month ago)
You dont need to be a professional to shoot at studio goddamit
Teelio (1 month ago)
All you need is transmitter and receiver and one external flash and some home diy stuff like parchment paper... and ofcourse the camera. With all this you are set to start the journey to depths of studio photography. If you are willing to go with less expensive stuff or second hand, it will not rob you that much... maybe 300-500€.
Linus Wärn (7 months ago)
Why not? Just build one at home.
Luis Salazar (8 months ago)
Great job bro, my wife will kill me if I shootings like that 😎
FanaticalDrummer (8 months ago)
Cant stand alien bees
Nino Batista (24 days ago)
FanaticalDrummer it’s true. But luckily you can buy stands for them.
Ferhan Khan Photography (8 months ago)
2nd light setup looked very artificially lit which although is nice doesn't set out to do what you wanted it to do, that is make the shot look only naturally lit.
pieter van der walt (8 months ago)
Ok I need to step up from my dog and flower shots
Jürgen Kaßnitz (27 days ago)
+Nino Batista but they look a bit strange wearing a bikini
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
hehe well dogs and flowers are great!
ZERO 9 (8 months ago)
Amazing work, invaluable information. Thank you. @zero9_z9
John White (8 months ago)
Fantastic - refreshing - honest - informative. Great video. Thank you.
Nino Batista (1 month ago)
Thank you!
whisperingwind7 (8 months ago)
damn, didnt know you on youtube. Subbed.
keen99 (9 months ago)
I cannot find the information on this muse studio, does anyone have a link to their website? Thanks!
keen99 (9 months ago)
Thank you so much! Ive been having trouble finding quality but affordable studios in houston. If you have any other recommendations of studios you rented before, please let me know as well.
Nino Batista (9 months ago)
Muse Studios has temporarily closed down to relocate; they may reopen in a new location in 2018. Fill In The Blank Studio is in the same warehouse facility the old Muse was in, and is for rent currently.
Ll G (11 months ago)
Just curious: At 9:47, you are shooting at 5200K - Is it because of the temperature that the sunlight was giving you at that time of day, was it that the Alien Bees color temperature is closer to 5000K, or was it just personal preference for that particular set of images?
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
If it was a product shoot or fashion shoot,color temperatures matter a lot to the art director but in glamour, fine art, and portraiture precise color is by taste because post-processing its done to desire. Commercial product photography or art reproduction color fidelity are key requirements. That can of beer or ready to wear clothing in a national ad campaign has to be spot on color-wise.
Ll G (10 months ago)
Thanks for the response.
Nino Batista (10 months ago)
I generally use 5000k to 6000k while shooting with strobes or in sunlight. Mostly, I use WB as a way of pre-envisioning the toning I'll maybe wanna use later in Capture One. I do not shoot for laser accurate, grey card levels of white balance perfection. I use white balance as a visual tool to get a tone I like, sort of, in camera, so I can kinda get an idea of how I may do color work in raw. Sure, in some instances, I use white balance to ensure I don't get a wildly horrible result in camera (like in 7500k+ situations, or in pure incandescent light at 2500k-3000k or so) so I don't have to look at an electric blue-washed image cuz I'm in 5200k! So the point is, I adjust WB a lot as I go, in a shoot.
Agência Infinit0 (1 year ago)
Do you think i can use speedlights on stripboxes? Or need more power because the size of stripboxes?
Stan SPb (29 days ago)
Softbox boxes close to the subject can be lit with speed lights but strip boxes use baffles to distribute the light and lose efficiency so they might not have enough power. There might be strip boxes that use multiple speedlights, that could be effective. For portraits, speedlights can be effective in softboxes, shoot-through umbrellas, beauty dishes and bounce umbrellas because they subject is small in surface area but full body shots with speed lights in strip lights, Octaboxes extra are a bit underpowered. There are mounts available that allow mounting 3-4 speed lights which can produce about the same light as a 300watt/sec strobe. If you are regularly shooting full-length subjects investing in at least one 600 watt/sec strobe as the main light and using your speed lights fo rim, kickers, background, fill can be very effective. AC powered strobes are not that expensive.
markstanley2001 (7 months ago)
You can definitely use speedlights through stripboxes. Few things to consider. All modifiers reduce maximun power output of light source. A speedlight is not going to be as powerful as a studio strobe which can range from anywhere from 200-1200 watt seconds. You can compensate the speedlight not being as powerful as studio stone by increasing iso of camera, BUT, be very careful not to raise too high and start to get ambient light creep into exposure of shot. This is very important as it may effect color balance. Also consider a speedlight is not a bare bulb flash so it projects light differently... acts more like a spotlight than an omidirectly bare build studio strobe. This will effect how light goes thru modifier. You can alter this by attaching diffusing dome onto speedlight, but remember again, this will further reduce light output of speedlight. I do this occasionally if I want to make sure softbox or stripbox is evenly filled
Agência Infinit0 (1 year ago)
Thanks!!! :D you need to make a online course/workshop :D i will buy!!! i'm fan of your work :P
KentuckyBourbon Fade (1 year ago)
I really enjoyed this. These are some of my fav light setups I use in the studio so it kinds a confirms that I'm doing it right. Just checked out your stunning portfolio. Fantastic light and composition ... oh and some beautiful models!
KentuckyBourbon Fade (1 year ago)
interestingly, I've been a graphic designer all my working life too, just like yourself and took to professional photography 10 years ago because I wanted images for photoshop. I've been watching your videos over the last couple of days and some of your photoshop techniques have caught my attention. Keep up the great work!
Luigi Crespo (1 year ago)
Nino, Always fantastic posts! You da man!
Lumos by DMLite (1 year ago)
Really loving your feed! ♪♪♪
D C (1 year ago)
Great video. I love the setup with the different coloured gels on the background but when I do this setup I get banding. Many say to add noise. How do you avoid or deal with colour banding?
D C (1 year ago)
Thanks. The banding happens when using a solid colour background that isn't evenly lit across its full width.
NEO O (1 year ago)
Absolutely fantastic!
Sang L. (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video. Very informative. 👍 You sound different than what I assumed. 😜
Sang L. (1 year ago)
Nino Batista: You sound very articulate. I assumed that you would have a strong Spanish/French/European accent. =P
QNetX (1 year ago)
Great guidance and suggestions. Thank you.

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